How to delete files on your Chromebook in 5 simple steps

It's easy to delete files on your Chromebook, but you should probably back them up to Google Drive first.

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It’s easy to delete files on your Chromebook, but you should probably back them up to Google Drive first.
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When you’re new to the Chromebook system, even doing something as simple as finding and deleting unwanted files can feel like a bit of a chore. But once you get the hang of the interface, it’s quite easy.

Before you delete anything, however, be aware that Chromebooks do not have a trash can or another place where deleted files can be retrieved from – so you’ll have to make sure you really don’t need the file before selecting the “Delete” option.

Regardless, it’s a good idea to backup your files to Google Drive just in case you do end up needing them later.

With that in mind, here’s how to delete files.

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How to delete files on a Chromebook

1. Click on the dot in the bottom-left corner of the screen and then click the up-carrot to view all of your apps.

Click the dot followed by the up arrow.

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Click the dot followed by the up arrow.
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2. Select “Files.”

Click on Files in the top middle.

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Click on Files in the top middle.
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3. Find the file you want to delete, either by using the left sidebar, or the search bar in the top-right corner of the window.

4. Right-click the file you want to delete and select “Delete.”

You can also use the Alt+Backspace shortcut to delete files.

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You can also use the Alt+Backspace shortcut to delete files.
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5. Confirm your decision by selecting “Delete” again.

Click Delete again.

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Click Delete again.
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