Delete or restore files and folders

You can delete specific files on OneDrive, or you can delete entire folders and all the files in them.

Delete files and folders

From the OneDrive website
  1. Go to the OneDrive website.

    You might need to sign in with your Microsoft account.

  2. Pick the items you want to delete by selecting the check box in the upper-right corner of items.

  3. On the bar at the top of the page, tap or click Manage, choose Delete, and then tap or click Delete.

Note   If you delete items that are shared with you, they're moved to the owner's recycle bin. If you delete items from a group, they're permanently deleted.

In Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, or using the OneDrive desktop app
  • The fastest way to delete items in your OneDrive is to open File Explorer, select the items, and press the Delete key.

Restore deleted items

From the OneDrive website
  1. Go to the OneDrive website.

  2. Tap or click Recycle bin at the bottom of the left pane.

  3. To restore all items, tap or click Restore all. To permanently delete all items, tap or click Empty recycle bin. To restore or permanently delete individual items, pick them by selecting their check boxes.

    Note   Items in the recycle bin are automatically deleted after one year. If your recycle bin is full, the oldest items will be automatically deleted after three days.

In Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, or using the OneDrive desktop app
  • When you delete files on OneDrive using File Explorer, they're moved to the Recycle Bin. Unless your Recycle Bin is overflowing, the files stay there until you empty the Recycle Bin. This lets you restore files you accidentally deleted and move them back to where they were. To open the Recycle Bin, double-tap or double-click the Recycle Bin on the desktop. If you’re in File Explorer, you can enter Recycle Bin in the address bar to open the default Recycle Bin location.

Contact support

Get help from the Answer Desk.

Go to OneDrive button on Help web page

Need more help?

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Applies To: OneDrive



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