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I can't remove files shared with me on Google Drive 0 Recommended Answers 16 Replies 390 Upvotes
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After I clicked on someone else's share link, I found that I can't remove it from here like other shared files. Why?
If I don't want these two files to appear here, what should I do?
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If I want to delete them, I need to contact the publisher to add the editing permission ?
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Drag & Drop the file to the trash bin in your Drive account.
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I have a bunch of files that came to my google docs as attachments to unsolicited texts from people with whom I do not work and have had only temporary affiliation. For example, during the 2018 election cycle, PACS and volunteer organizations sent me texts with MMS. These got auto-saved as google docs. This happened because of an incorrect setting in my messaging app. I have now set the app to never auto save MMS attachments from texts.

But the damage was already done. Now these files are cluttering up my google docs. Every time I open my google docs, I have to sort through these files to find my own work.

I just learned how to delete some of them. But some of them are owned by other people, apparently. They are not collaborative documents, just images of people running for office or posters made by campaigns. These were sent to me by people whom I do not know and have no relationship or communication with, so there is no one for me to ask for permission to delete the file.

 I just want to have ONE FILE in my google docs. I do not collaborate on this file (or any others) with anyone else. I want the other files to go away.

If I can't delete them, can I at least hide them, so that I never have to hunt for my own document? I want to open my google docs and see ONE AND ONLY ONE file, the one that I created, own, edit daily, and do not share with anyone.
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This is what doesn't work though- at least in Sheets.
I have several sheets that are owned by other people that I originally accessed via links.  A few of these are now irrelevant/obsolete, and I'd like to never see them again.  I know I can't delete the original document, but I'd like to remove them from my file list.
1. I go to https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/0/.  That page shows a lengthy list of documents under Recent, including the ones that I'd like to remove.
2. For each shared document that I'm done with, I click the "3 dots" menu button and select "Remove"
3. The UI pops up a status message stating that the document is being removed. A few second later, the document list refreshes and the selected file is gone! (Yay!)
4. I leave Sheets and come back later, or simply refresh my browser window and all of the documents that I previously removed in step 2 are once again listed under Recent. (Booo!)

How can I remove these documents from my view permanently?!?
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Thank you Matt Richardson 4603, you're brilliant! I couldn't remove files and it was making me crazy. Dragging to the trash worked. Thanks!!
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I have been unable to remove an untitled, sheets file that I never asked to share. When I enter File, "Remove" is greyed out. When I drag to Trash it bounes back. The three dot method does not work.
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Typically Google-UX. How about empowering users to _consistently_ remove _any_ entry in their accounts -- no matter which device?
How many PhDs more does it need to get even the basics right?
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me either i don't even know i am at school
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'Remove' option is greyed out. Sharing option is set to "anyone with the link"
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I used IOS device. It is easy to remove it. And I just did. I do not know why the "remove" dies not show in Android.
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