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I have tried to delete old documents, spreadsheets, and presentations that are years old.  Some of the files even say they have already been deleted.  However, when I try to delete these files they are gone only until the page is refreshed or the next time I go back to docs.  I have also tried to delete them from other computers as well.  Many of these documents I do not even have access to anymore.  How do I get rid of these
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Greetings Victor and Welcome to Google Drive Help Community 😀
 
After you delete the files from Google Drive try emptying the trash.
Once the trash is emptied try Clearing the Chrome Browsers Cookies and Cache.
Followed by closing and reopening the Chrome Browser.
 
Delete Files from Drive:
  1. On your computer, go to drive.google.com.
  2. Click a file.
  3. Click Remove Remove.
Empty Trash:
  1. On your computer, go to drive.google.com.
  2. On the left, click Trash.
  3. Make sure there are no files you want to keep.
  4. At the top right , click Empty trash. 
Clear Chrome Browser's Cookies &  Cache:
  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More.
  3. Click More tools and then Clear browsing data.
  4. At the top, choose a time range. To delete everything, select All time.
  5. Next to "Cookies and other site data" and "Cached images and files," check the boxes.
  6. Click Clear data.
Best,
Ms. Drasby
Google Product Expert
(Volunteer Support &  NOT Google Employee)
Google for Education Certified Trainer
 

 
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Hello I have done all of these steps, yet my deleted docs and slides files do not show up in my drive trash. I am able to remove those files from view within docs and slides but as soon as I refresh the page, they pop back up. Can you let me know how to fix this problem?
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Same exact issue. I have followed every step provided by google. I would really appreciate a way to get rid of the files I deleted months ago.
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i have same problem too!
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