Delete a list in SharePoint

Delete a list in SharePoint

When a list is no longer needed in SharePoint, a site owner can delete it. If you delete a list by accident, you can restore it from the recycle bin.

Delete a list in the modern list experience

  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.

Note: The steps above are for the modern list experience. For the classic list experience, follow the steps for the classic experience.

Delete a list in the classic list experience

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

  2. Select the List tab and then List Settings.

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

Restore a list 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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