How to Delete Documents from Microsoft Word

The documents that you create in Microsoft Word can be opened and read from within Microsoft Word at any time. This is possible through the file navigation feature that is available on the Open window of the File menu.

You can, however, also use this navigation feature to find and delete documents while you are browsing through Microsoft Word. Our guide below will show you how to complete this task and remove a Microsoft Word document file from your computer.

Deleting a Word Document: A Step-by-Step Guide

For users wanting to delete Word documents, follow these detailed instructions.

  1. First, launch Microsoft Word on your device.
  2. Once open, find and click on the ‘File’ tab, situated in the top-left corner.
  3. From the drop-down options, select ‘Open’ which will lead you to your documents.
  4. Navigate to the specific location of the file you intend to remove.
  5. Upon locating it, right-click on the file and choose ‘Delete’ from the menu.
  6. You will be prompted to confirm the deletion; click ‘Yes’ to send the file to the Recycle Bin.

This simple process allows you to delete single or multiple files swiftly by holding the ‘CTRL’ key when selecting.

Want to delete or change all of the text in a document? Our select all in Word article can show you how to do that.

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How to Delete Documents in Word

The steps in this article were performed in Microsoft Word 2013, on a computer using the Windows 7 operating system. However, these steps will also work for most other versions of Microsoft Word.

Step 1: Open Microsoft Word.

Step 2: Select the File tab at the top-left of the window.

open the file menu

Step 3: Choose the Open tab at the left side of the window.

click the open tab

Step 4: Browse to the location of the file that you want to delete.

locate the file you wish to delete

Step 5: Right-click the desired file, then choose the Delete option. Note that if there are multiple Word documents in this folder that you would like to delete, then you can select multiple files by holding down the Ctrl key on your keyboard as you click each file.

how to delete documents in word

Step 6: Click the Yes button to confirm that you wish to move this file to the Recycle Bin.

If you wish to permanently delete these files, you can do so by navigating to your desktop, then right-clicking on the Recycle Bin and choosing the Empty Recycle Bin option and confirming that you want to permanently delete all of the files in the Recycle Bin.

how to delete microsoft word document

Do you need to print a lot of Word documents, but are looking for a simple way? Find out how to print multiple Word documents at once so that you don’t need to open and print each document individually.

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