How to Delete a SharePoint Online List/Library?

I deleted unnecessary lists and libraries while working on SharePoint Online to save storage space.

This tutorial will explain how to delete a SharePoint Online list/library in various ways.

How to Delete a SharePoint Online List/Library

In this section, I will explain two ways to delete a list/library in SharePoint Online.

  1. Using a Site Content
  2. Using a List settings

Note: In SharePoint Online, only Owners and Members with full control permissions can delete a list/library.

Delete a SharePoint List in SharePoint Online using a Site Content

  • Open the SharePoint site, and click on Site Content in the left menu bar.
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  • We should see the list on the site content page under the Type column. To delete a specific list, -> click on the ellipsis icon (…) and select the Delete button as shown below.
how to delete a list from SharePoint
  • Now, you will receive a pop-up message -> Are you sure you want to send the items to the site Recycle Bin? Click on Delete.
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  • It shows “Deleted 1 item from folder”.
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This is how to delete a list in SharePoint Online using site content.

Delete a SharePoint List from SharePoint Online using the List Settings

This is another way to delete a SharePoint list in SharePoint Online, follow the steps given below.

  • Open the SharePoint list -> click on the Gear icon, and select List settings.
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  • In the Settings page, click Delete this list under Permissions and Management.
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  • When you click on delete this list, it gives a pop-up message -> Are you sure you want to send this list to the site Recycle Bin? Click on OK.
SharePoint list delete duplicates

This is how to delete a Sharepoint list from SharePoint Online.

Delete a SharePoint Library in SharePoint Online using a Site Content

  • Open the SharePoint site -> Click on Site Content in the left menu bar.
  • On the site content page, we should see the document library under the Type column. To delete a specific document library -> Click on the Show actions […]-> Select Delete.
how to delete a library from SharePoint
  • Now, you will receive a pop-up message -> Are you sure you want to send the items to the site Recycle Bin? Click on Delete.
how to delete library in SharePoint
  • It shows “Deleted 1 item from folder”.
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This is how to delete a SharePoint library using site content.

Delete a SharePoint Library from SharePoint Online using the Library Settings

This is another way to delete a SharePoint library in SharePoint Online. Follow the steps below.

  • Open the SharePoint library and click the Gear icon -> Select Library settings.
  • Click Delete this document library under Permissions and Management on the Settings page.
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  • When you click on delete this list, it gives a pop-up message -> Are you sure you want to send this document library to the site Recycle Bin? Click on OK.
SharePoint library delete multiple columns

This is how to delete a SharePoint library using library settings.

Note: To restore the list or document library, go to the Recycle bin, select the list, and restore it.

I hope you understand both ways how to delete a list in SharePoint Online in this article. If you know of any other method to delete a list or document library or have any feedback or suggestions, please let me know in the comments section.

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