In this video, staff author Jess Stratton shows you how to delete files from Google Drive and restore them. She also shows you how to locate recently restored files as well as empty the trash.
- [Narrator] You'll find in time that you'll need to delete a file within Google Drive. To delete a file, select it in the view, and either click the trashcan icon on the top icon bar, or right click the file and choose "Remove", all the way down at the bottom. The file will be sent to the trash, and you can instantly bring it back if you need to by clicking undo at the bottom left hand side of the screen. Your popup may appear on the top center of the screen. The functionality is exactly the same. I'm going to do that one more time.
I'll right click and choose remove, and it will get brought to the trash. The undo box will go away after a few moments. To view all of your deleted files, click the trash icon on the left navigation bar. These files will stay in your trash until you either restore them or permanently delete them. You can restore a file by right clicking on it and choosing "Restore". It will put the file back in exactly where it was when you deleted it. If you can't remember where that was, you can click "Locate", and it will bring you right to your file.
Let's go back in the trash. You can also permanently delete a single file in your trash by right click on the file and choosing "Delete Forever". You'll be warned that you can't ever restore it again. I'll click the blue "Delete Forever" button, and now it's been permanently deleted. Finally, you can empty your trash all at once by clicking the arrow next to trash at the top of the screen and choosing "Empty Trash". You'll get another warning that you won't be able to get those files back.
I'll click the blue empty trash button again, and now my trash file is empty. At any time, to get back to your Drive, click "My Drive" on the top left hand side of the screen.
- Accessing Google Drive
- Navigating the web interface
- Uploading files via the web
- Converting files to Google Doc format
- Deleting and recovering files
- Purchasing more storage space for your files
- Organizing and searching Google Drive
- Using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
- Creating drawings
- Using Google Docs to collaborate with others
- Using Google Drive on a mobile device