Restore items in the Recycle Bin of a SharePoint site

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When you delete an item from a SharePoint document library or list, it isn’t immediately removed from SharePoint. Deleted items go into the site recycle bin for a period of time. During that time, you can restore the items you deleted to their original location. If you’re using SharePoint Online, you can even view and restore items that were deleted by someone else, as long as you have edit permissions for the item.

For info about emptying items from the site recycle bin, see Delete items or empty the Recycle Bin of a SharePoint site.


  • If you delete files or folders that you’re syncing, you can restore them from the Windows Recycle Bin on your PC. To put your Windows Recycle Bin on your desktop, see Show or hide the Recycle Bin.
  • The information in this article also applies to OneDrive for Business files. To learn how to restore files in OneDrive, see Restore deleted files or folders in OneDrive.

Restore items from SharePoint Online and SharePoint Server site recycle bins

You can restore items you delete, and items other people delete (as long as you have permission to edit the items).

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.

  1. In the Quick Launch bar on the left of the screen, click Recycle Bin.If you don’t see the Recycle Bin on the Quick Launch bar, follow these steps:
    • Click Settings Office 365 Settings button , and then click Site Contents.
    • The Recycle bin is in the top right portion of the Site Contents page.SharePoint Online Site Contents page Recycle button
    Note: If you don’t see a Recycle Bin in SharePoint Servers 2016 or 2013 — the Recycle Bin might have been disabled. Talk with your farm or server administrator. If you’re an administrator, see Configure SharePoint Recycle Bin Settings.
  2. On the Recycle Bin page, click the box to the left of the items or files you want to restore.Select one or more items to restore
  3. Click Restore.Click Restore to bring back items

Note: If you don’t see the item you’re looking for, and it was deleted recently, a site collection administrator might be able to restore it from the site collection recycle bin. If you’re the site collection administrator, see Restore deleted items from the site collection recycle bin.

When an item is restored, it is restored to the same location that it was deleted from. 

Deleted items are retained in recycle bins for a certain period of time. For SharePoint Online, the retention time is 93 days. It begins when you delete the item from its original location. When you delete the item from the site recycle bin, it goes into the site collection recycle bin. It stays there for the remainder of the 93 days, and then is permanently deleted.

You can restore a list, list item, library, file, or a version of a file to its original location, as long as you have not already deleted its parent. For example, you can’t restore a version of a file if the file itself has been deleted. That’s because when you delete a file, you delete all versions of the file. Similarly, you cannot restore a file if the library to which it belonged has been deleted. You must first restore the library and then restore the file to the library.

When you restore a library, all of the files that the library contains are also restored. Also, when you restore an item that was originally located in a deleted folder, the folder is recreated in its original location and the item is restored in the folder. Yet, the entire contents of the folder isn’t restored.

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