Delete a file/folder/link from a SharePoint document library

Applies to: SharePoint Online, SharePoint Server 2019, SharePoint Server 2016, SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise, SharePoint Server 2013, SharePoint Foundation 2010, SharePoint Server 2010.

You can erase files, folders, or links in your SharePoint document library that are unnecessary, such as old content or obsolete folders.

Note: Links are only available in SharePoint Online.

Updated on October 5, 2018

Note: These steps are for unmodified versions of SharePoint. If your administrator or company has customised your app, you may not see these options.

Online, 2019

Delete a file, folder, or link in SharePoint

Important: When you delete a folder, it deletes the folder and any files or subfolders it contains. Consider moving or archiving the contents of the folder before deleting it. You or your administrator might be able to recover a folder and its contents from the Recycle Bin.

  1. In SharePoint, access the document library and hover over your desired item to delete, and click the checkmark.

Note: Does your screen look different than this and you’re using SharePoint Online or SharePoint Server 2019 ? Your administrator may have SharePoint Classic experience set on the document library. If so, see Deleting items in a SharePoint Classic experience library.

Document being highlighted with cursor over check box

To delete multiple items, repeat this step. You can delete however many items you prefer.

  1. Click Delete Select one or more documents, and click Delete on the Top Link bar.
  1. In the Delete dialogue box, click Delete to remove the item.

You’ll see the status box appear in the upper top of the document library telling you that the item has been deleted.

Delete status line at top of screen

Restore items in the Recycle Bin of a SharePoint site

Upload a folder or files to a document library

Delete a file, folder, or link in SharePoint classic experience

In classic experience there is no Top Link bar. Here’s how to delete items.

Important: When you delete a folder, it deletes the folder and any files or subfolders it contains. Consider moving or archiving the contents of the folder before deleting it. You or your administrator might be able to recover a folder and its contents from the Recycle Bin.

  1. Access the SharePoint document library where you want to delete items.
  1. Select one or more items that you want to delete by hovering over the folder and then clicking the checkbox.
  1. Right-click a file, folder, or link icon and then click Delete.
Delete menu item on the ellipse menu
  1. In the Delete confirmation dialogue box, press OK.
Delete item dialog confirmation with delete highlighted

Restore items in the Recycle Bin of a SharePoint site

Upload a folder or files to a document library

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Restore items in the Recycle Bin of a SharePoint site

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