Delete files or folders in OneDrive

Delete files or folders in OneDrive

You can delete specific files on OneDrive, or you can delete entire folders and all the files in them. If you need to, you might be able to restore deleted files from the OneDrive recycle bin.

  1. Go to the OneDrive website. You might need to sign in with your Microsoft account, or your work or school account.

  2. Select the files or folders you want to delete by pointing to each item and clicking the circle check box that appears.

    Screenshot of selecting a file in OneDrive in list view   Screenshot of selecting a file in OneDrive in tile view

  3. To select all files, click the circle to the left of the header row, or press CTRL + A on your keyboard.

    Screenshot of selecting all files and folders in OneDrive

  4. To delete a folder, you may need to go up or back a level to select the whole folder, rather than just its contents.

    Selecting a OneDrive folder

    Selecting a OneDrive folder

  5. On the bar at the top of the page, select Delete.

    Screenshot of deleting a file in OneDrive

Tip: Your deleted files go to the OneDrive recycle bin from which you can restore files if you need to. To permanently delete your files, select Recycle bin in the navigation, and then select Empty recycle bin at the top of the page.

Items cannot be deleted from within your Recent list, only removed.

  • To remove items from your Recent view, select the files or folders you want to remove by pointing to each item and clicking the circle check box that appears. On the bar at the top of the page, select Remove.

  • To delete an item in your Recent list, go to the folder in which the item is located. To find the folder, look at the item's Details to see the exact Path.

Open the Shared view, and select the files or folders you want to remove by pointing to each item and clicking the circle check box that appears.

To remove an item shared by other users, select the item, then select Remove from shared list on the bar at the top of the page.

To remove an item from Shared by me, select the item, select Information Information in the upper-right corner to open the Details pane, and then select Manage Access.

  • For files shared with a link, select Anyone with this link... and then select Remove Link.

  • For files shared with other people, select Can Edit or Can View under their name and then select Stop Sharing.

    Tips: 

  1. On your taskbar, select File Explorer The File Explorer icon. .

  2. Select your OneDrive folder, select the items you want to delete, and press the Delete key on your keyboard.

    A screenshot showing the OneDrive Personal folder in File Explorer.

Need more help?

Check the OneDrive help center.

Get help by emailing the OneDrive support team. In a OneDrive mobile app, shake the device to get help or share feedback on OneDrive.

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