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. 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.

  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.

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

  2. On the bar at the top of the page, tap or click Remove from shared list.

    A screenshot showing the Remove from shared list button on OneDrive.com.

Need more help?

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

Check the OneDrive help center.

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