Delete a column in a SharePoint list or library

Applies to: SharePoint Online, Office for business, SharePoint Server 2019, SharePoint Server 2016.

SharePoint columns help you group, categorize, and track information, such as the department name or project number. There are columns for lists and libraries, just like there are columns for sites. If you’re no longer using a list or library, you can delete it. (You can also delete a site column from SharePoint.)


  1. Find the list or library. For example, from a SharePoint site, select Settings Settings button from SharePoint Online , Site Contents, and then select the name of your list or library.
  1. Click the column header for the column that you want to delete, and from the menu, pick Column settings > Edit.

The Edit column pane in SharePoint with the Delete option selected

  1. At the bottom of the Edit Column pane, press Delete.

Note: Lists and libraries contain required columns that can’t be deleted, such as the Title or Name. If the column can’t be deleted, the Delete button is not available. To hide the column, select the column header, then Column settings and then Hide this column.

  1. To delete the column and the data in the column permanently, click Delete.

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