Delete a SharePoint site or subsite

Delete a SharePoint site or subsite

When you no longer need a SharePoint site or subsite, such as one created for a completed project, you can delete it to free up space. To delete a site collection, you must be a site collection admin. To delete a subsite in SharePoint Online or SharePoint Server, you must either have Full Control permissions or be the subsite owner.

If you don't have this permission level, talk to your site administrator or manager. See Understanding permission levels in SharePoint.

If you're not sure which version of SharePoint you're using, see Which version of SharePoint am I using?, or ask your administrator.

It isn't recommended to delete the root site collection. If you delete the root site collection, all SharePoint sites in your organization will be inaccessible until you restore the site or create a new site at <Root URL>.

Tip: Check out these YouTube videos from SharePoint community experts to learn more about SharePoint administration.

When you delete a site, you also delete any subsites, content, and user information that are part of the site, including documents, document libraries, lists, and list data. If you delete a group connected to a team site, you also delete the Office 365 group that is associated with it.

team site header
  1. Navigate to the group-connected team site or communication site you want to delete.

    When you delete a team site, it also deletes the Office 365 group that is connected with the site.

  2. Click Settings  Office 365 Settings button at the top of the site and then click Site information.

    Settings menu with Site information selected

  3. At the bottom of the Edit site information panel, click Delete site.

    SharePoint team site delete site location

  4. For team sites, in the Delete Office 365 group pane, confirm that you want to delete the Office 365 group and the associated site or files, and click Delete.

    Confirm that you want to delete the associated group

    When you delete a group connected team site, there can be a delay before the site is removed from SharePoint.

    For communication sites, in the Delete this site dialog box, click Delete.

    Delete site warning and confirmation screen

When you delete a site, you also delete any subsites, content, and user information that are part of the site, including documents, document libraries, lists and list data. You need to have Full Control permissions to delete a site or subsite. If you don't have this permission level, talk to your site administrator or manager. See Understanding permission levels in SharePoint.

If you’re sure you want to delete the site, and you have the correct permissions, follow these instructions:

  1. Navigate to the site or subsite you want to delete.

  2. Click Settings  Office 365 Settings button at the top of the site or subsite, and click Site settings.

    Site Setting drop down

  3. Click Delete this site under the Site Actions heading on the Site Settings page.

    Site settings menu with Delete this site highlighted

    If Delete this site doesn’t appear on the Site Settings page, you may not have permission to delete this site, or you're trying to delete a top-level site that's connected to an Office 365 group.

  4. On the Delete This Site page, verify that you are deleting the correct site, and then click Delete.

    Delete site warning and confirmation screen

Delete a SharePoint Server 2019 Team site

Caution: When you delete a site, you also delete any subsites, content, and user information that are part of the site, including documents, document libraries, lists and list data. You need to have Full Control permissions to delete a site or subsite. If you don't have this permission level, talk to your site administrator or manager. See Understanding permission levels in SharePoint.

  1. Navigate to the team site you want to delete.

  2. Click Settings  Settings button from SharePoint Online and then click Site Settings. If you don't see Site settings, click Site information and then click View all site settings. Some pages might require you to select Site contents and then Site settings.

  3. Click Delete this site under the Site Actions heading on the Site Settings page.

    Site settings menu with Delete this site highlighted

    Note: If Delete this site doesn’t appear on the Site Settings page, you may not have permission to delete this site.

  4. On the Delete This Site page, verify that you are deleting the correct site and then click Delete.

    Click Delete if you're sure you want to delete this team site

Note: When you delete a site, you also delete any subsites, content, and user information that are part of the site, including documents, document libraries, lists and list data.

  1. Navigate to the communication site you want to delete.

  2. Click Settings  Office 365 Settings button at the top of the site and then click Site information.

    Settings menu with Site information selected

  3. At the bottom of the Edit site information panel, click Delete site.

    SharePoint team site delete site location

  4. If you're sure you want to delete the site, check the box and select Delete.

    If you're sure you want to delete the site, click Delete

Note: When you delete a site, you also delete any subsites, content, and user information that are part of the site, including documents, document libraries, lists, and list data.

  1. Navigate to the subsite you want to delete.

  2. Click Settings  Office 365 Settings button at the top of the site and then click Site information.

    Settings menu with Site information selected

  3. At the bottom of the Edit site information panel, click Delete site.

    SharePoint team site delete site location

  4. If you're sure you want to delete the site, select Delete.

    Click delete if you're sure you want to delete the subsite

Delete a SharePoint Server site or subsite

When you delete a site, you also delete any subsites, content, and user information that are part of the site, including documents, document libraries, lists and list data.

Note: You need to have Full Control permissions to delete a site or subsite. If you don't have this level, talk to your site administrator or manager. See Understanding permission levels in SharePoint.

If you’re sure you want to delete the site, and you have the correct permissions, follow these instructions:

  1. Navigate to the site or subsite you want to delete.

  2. Click Settings  SharePoint 2016 Settings button on title bar. at the top of the site or subsite, and then click Site settings.

    Site settings option under the Settings button

    If you're using SharePoint Server 2010, click Site Actions Site Actions Menu and then click Site Settings.

    Site settings on the site actions menu

  3. Click Delete this site under the Site Actions heading on the Site Settings page.

    Site settings menu with Delete this site highlighted

    Note: If Delete this site doesn’t appear on the Site Settings page, you may not have permission to delete this site, or you're trying to delete a top-level site that's connected to an Office 365 group.

  4. On the Delete This Site page, verify that you are deleting the correct site, and then click Delete.

    Delete site warning and confirmation screen

Delete a site or subsite quicksteps

If you're experienced with SharePoint, here's how to delete a site or subsite in any version.

  • SharePoint Online team site — Settings Office 365 Settings button > Site Information> Delete site — Check box to delete group, and then click Delete

  • SharePoint Online or SharePoint Server 2019 communication site — Settings Office 365 Settings button > Site Information> Delete site — Click Delete

  • SharePoint Server 2019 Team site — Settings SharePoint 2016 Settings button on title bar. > Site Information > View all site settings> Site Actions > Delete this site — Click Delete

  • SharePoint Online Classic Experience or earlier versions of SharePoint Online — Settings SharePoint 2016 Settings button on title bar. > Site settings> Site Actions > Delete this site — Click Delete

  • SharePoint Server 2016, 2013 — Settings SharePoint 2016 Settings button on title bar. > Site settings> Site Actions > Delete this site — Click Delete

  • SharePoint Server 2010 — Site Actions Site Actions Menu > Site settings > Site Actions > Delete this site — Click Delete

Deleted a site by accident?

If you accidentally delete a site in SharePoint, it can usually be restored from the site collection recycle bin by a site collection administrator. See Restore deleted items from the site collection recycle bin.

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