How to Delete Documents on Google Docs

Documents that you create in Google Docs are stored in your Google Drive so that you can access them from anywhere. Use these steps to delete a document in Google Docs.

  1. Sign into Google Drive.
  2. Click on the document you wish to delete.
  3. Click the trash can icon at the top-right of the window.

Our article continues below with additional information and pictures for each of these steps.

Google Docs documents are automatically saved in Google Drive, providing you with access to them from any compatible device with an Internet connection.

While the default amount of Google Drive storage space allows you to create and save many documents, it’s possible that you may run out of space, or simply have too many documents to easily manage all of them.

Fortunately you can delete documents from Google Docs by deleting them through Google Drive.

Our guide below will show you how to delete a Google Docs document.

How to Delete a Document from Google Docs

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser, but will also work in most other desktop Web browsers as well.

Step 1: Sign into Google Drive at https://drive.google.com.

Step 2: Select the Google Docs document to delete.

select the document

Step 3: Click the trash can icon at the top-right of the window.

how to delete documents from Google Docs

Note that a pop-up will appear at the bottom-left of the window allowing you to undo this deletion if you so choose.

Documents that you delete from Google Docs will go to your trash, which is accessible by clicking the Trash tab at the left side of the window.

If you would like to permanently delete a Google Docs file, simply open the Trash, select the document, then click the trash can icon again to delete the document forever. This article explains more about permanently deleting Google Docs files.

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