Delete a list in SharePoint

When a list is no longer needed in SharePoint, you can delete it. You can choose between removing the list just from a single page, or from the site completely. If you delete a list by accident, you can restore it from the recycle bin.

To delete a list, you must have at least Designer permissions for the site. To create a SharePoint list, see Create a list in SharePoint.

Updated January 25, 2017 thanks to customer feedback.

Delete a list completely from SharePoint Online

  1. Go to the list you want to delete completely.

  2. Click Settings Gear shaped settings button and then click List settings.

    Settings menu with List settings highlighted
  3. In the Settings page, click Delete this list.

    List settings dialog with Delete this list highlighted
  4. In the confirmation dialog, click OK.

Delete a list from a page in SharePoint Server 2016, or SharePoint Server 2013

Note:  This procedure does not delete the list from a site. It deletes the list only from the page.

  1. On the page where you want to delete the list, click Page and then click Edit.

    Edit the Page

  2. Point to the list you want to delete, click the down arrow, click Delete, and then click OK.

    The app part settings list with delete highlighted
  3. When you’re finished editing the page, click Save. In some cases, you have the option to Save as Draft or Save and Publish.

Delete a list completely in SharePoint Server 2016, or SharePoint Server 2013

  1. Go to the list that you want to delete.

  2. Click the List tab and then click List Settings.

    List Settings on ribbon
  3. On the list settings page, click Delete this list, and then click OK.

    Delete this list under permissions and management

    Note:  If List Settings are disabled or Delete this list isn't on the list settings page, you may not have the necessary permissions to modify the settings or delete the list, contact your administrator.

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Delete a list from a page in SharePoint Server 2010

Note:  This procedure does not delete the list from a site. It deletes the list only from the page.

  1. On the page where you want to delete the list, click Page and then click Edit.

    Edit the Page

  2. Point to the list you want to delete, click the down arrow, click Delete, and then click OK.

    Delete an app part on the app part settings menu
  3. When you’re finished editing the page, click Save. In some cases, you have the option to Save as Draft or Save and Publish.

Delete a list completely in SharePoint Server 2010

Use the following procedure to delete a list from a site.

  1. Go to the list that you want to delete.

  2. Click the List tab and then click List Settings.

    List settings button on the page ribbon
  3. On the list settings page, click Delete this list, and then click OK.

    Delete this list under permissions and management

    Note:  If List Settings is disabled or Delete this list isn't on the list settings page, you may not have the necessary permissions to modify the settings or delete the list, contact your administrator.

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Delete a list in SharePoint Server 2007

  1. If the list is not already open, click its name on the Quick Launch.

    If the name of your list does not appear, click View All Site Content, and then click the name of your list.

  2. On the Settings menu settings menu , click List Settings.

    From the settings button, click List Settings

    Note: For surveys, on the Settings menu, click Survey Settings. For discussion boards, on the Settings menu, click Discussion Board Settings.

  3. Under Permissions and Management, click Delete this list.

    In settings, click Delete this list in the second column

    Note: For surveys, click Delete this survey instead. For discussion boards, click Delete this discussion board instead.

  4. When you are prompted to confirm the deletion, click OK if you are sure that you want to delete the list.

Tip: Depending on how your site is set up, you may be able to recover a list that you accidentally deleted by using the Recycle Bin.

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To find out which version of SharePoint you're using, see

Which version of SharePoint am I using?.

Restore a list item using the Recycle bin

Depending on how you or your admin has set up the site, you can restore the list from the SharePoint Recycle bin for up to 90 days.

For more on the Recycle bin, see Restore items in the Recycle Bin of a SharePoint site.

If you've cleared your SharePoint recycle bin, see how to restore from the Second-Stage recycle bin at Restore deleted items from the site collection recycle bin.

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