How to delete files or folders from Dropbox

If you no longer need a file or folder, you can delete it from your Dropbox account. 

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To delete files or folders on dropbox.com:

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click "" (ellipsis) beside the file's name.
  3. Click Delete and then Delete again. 

To delete files or folders on the desktop app:

The easiest way to delete a file or folder is to drag it from the Dropbox folder on your computer to your Recycle Bin or Trash.

How to permanently delete a file or folder

If you permanently delete a file or folder, you can't recover it later. Learn what happens to your permanently deleted files

To permanently delete a file: 

  1. Follow the instructions above to delete the desired file or folder. 
  2. Click Deleted files on the left.
  3. Click the checkbox next to anything you want to permanently delete.
  4. Click Permanently delete and then Permanently delete again. 

Note: If you’re on a Business team and don’t see Permanently delete, your admin may have disabled the ability to permanently delete files—contact your team admin for help.

Notes about permanent deletions

  • If you’re a member of a shared folder, you can’t permanently delete content, except for content that you added and immediately deleted
  • Only Dropbox Business admins can permanently delete team content that others have edited
  • If other Dropbox users have a copy of the files that you permanently delete, their files won’t be deleted
  • Deleted files don't count against your storage quota, so permanently deleting them won’t free up space

What should I do if I see a "Too many files to permanently delete" error?

Dropbox limits the number of files you can permanently delete at one time. If you see an error that says "Too many files to permanently delete," delete a smaller number of files at a time.

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