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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 or subsite in SharePoint Online or SharePoint Server, you need to be an admin or have Full Control permissions.

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

Note: Some functionality is introduced gradually to organizations that have opted in to the First Release program. This means that you may not yet see this feature or it may look different than what is described in the help articles.

Experienced with SharePoint? See Delete a site or subsite quicksteps below.

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. If you delete a group connected 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.

    Note: 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

    Note: Some functionality is introduced gradually to organizations that have opted in to the First Release program. This means that you may not yet see this feature or it may look different than what is described in the help articles.

  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

    Note: 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.

Note: 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

    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

Experienced with SharePoint? See Delete a site or subsite quicksteps below.

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 version

Steps to delete

Confirmation

SharePoint Online team site

Settings Office 365 Settings button > Site Information> Delete site

Check box to delete group, and then click Delete

SharePoint Online communication site

Settings Office 365 Settings button > Site Information> Delete 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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Updated August 3, 2017 thanks to customer feedback.

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