Delete a document, spreadsheet or presentation


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You can delete a document, spreadsheet or presentation from the Google Docs, Sheets and Slides home screens.

Put a file in the bin

To remove a file, you can put it in your bin. Your file will stay there until you empty your bin.

If you're the owner of the file, others can view it until you permanently delete the file. If you're not the owner, others can see the file even if you empty your bin.

  1. On your computer, open Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides.
  2. Next to the file that you want to delete, click More More and then Remove.
  3. The file will be moved to the bin section of Drive. Learn more about finding and recovering files in the 'Bin' section of Drive.

If you delete a shared document, spreadsheet or presentation that you own, it will be completely removed from Drive for all collaborators, and they will no longer have access to the document. Before deleting a document, you may want to make someone else its owner so that others can still access it.

Other ways to delete a file:

  • With the file open: Click File and then Move to bin.
  • In Drive: Click the name of the file, in the top right, click Remove Remove.
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