How to Delete a File from Google Drive

Our guide is going to show you how to delete a file from Google Drive. This process will work both for files that you uploaded and files that you created with Sheets, Docs, or Slides.

  1. Sign into your Google Drive.
  2. Click the file to delete, then click the trash can icon at the top-right.
  3. Select the Trash tab at the left side of the window.
  4. Click the trash can icon at the top-right again.
  5. Select the Delete Forever button to confirm the permanent deletion of the file.

Our article continues below with images for each of these steps, as well as some additional information concerning the deletion of your files from Google Drive.

Google Docs and Google Sheets are excellent alternatives to some more expensive word-processing and spreadsheet-editing applications. You can even save the files that you create and edit to your Google Drive folder, making them accessible from any computer, and many mobile devices.

But if you haven’t upgraded your Google Drive storage, then you may find that you are running out of space. Or maybe you have so many files that it is becoming difficult to find the important ones. Fortunately you can delete files from Google Drive, and you even have the option of deleting them permanently if you don’t ever need to use that file again.

How to Remove a File from Your Google Drive

The steps in this article were performed in Google Chrome, but should be the same in other desktop Web browsers. Note that once you complete these steps will you have permanently deleted a file from your Google Drive, and you will not be able to get it back later.

Step 1: Open your Google Drive at https://drive.google.com/drive/my-drive.

Step 2: Select the file that you want to delete, then click the trash can icon at the top-right corner of the window.

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Note that there will then be a pop-up at the bottom-left of the window that you can click to undo the deleted.

undo the file deletion

Additionally, if you want to permanently delete the file, then click the Trash option at the left side of the window.

open the trash folder

Then click the trash can icon again.

delete from trash

You can then click the Delete forever button to confirm that you want to permanently delete the file from your Google Drive.

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Yield: Deletes a file from Google Drive

How to Delete a File from Google Drive

How to Delete a File from Google Drive

This how-to guide shows you how to delete a file from Google Drive if you have previously uploaded it from your computer or mobile phone, or if you had created it with Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides.

Active Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • File to delete from Google Drive

Tools

  • Google Account email address and password

Instructions

  1. Sign into your Google Drive.
  2. Click the file to delete, then click the trash can icon at the top-right.
  3. Select the Trash tab at the left side of the window.
  4. Click the trash can icon at the top-right again.
  5. Select the Delete Forever button to confirm the permanent deletion of the file.

Notes

This process permanently deletes the file from Google Drive. You will not be able to get this file back after you have completed these steps.

Find out how to enable conversion of uploaded files in Google Docs so that you can edit files that you upload using the Google Docs editing tools.

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