How to Delete Google Sheets (in 4 Simple Steps)

Last Updated on January 9, 2024 by Jake Sheridan

In this guide, you will learn how to delete (and recover) Google Sheets.

How do I permanently delete a Google sheet?

Here’s how you can permanently delete a Google Sheets spreadsheet.

Step 1

First, you’ll need to locate your sheet in Google Drive.

Open Google Drive by going to in your web browser.

You can find your file by navigating through the available folders or by typing the file name in the search bar.

Step 2

Right-click on the filename in Google Drive and click Move to trash.

Step 3

Now, navigate to the ‘Trash’ folder in your Google Drive.

This is usually found in the left-hand sidebar in the Drive interface on the web.

Step 4

Right-click on the file you’ve added to the Trash and select “Delete forever” from the dropdown menu.

The file should now be permanently deleted from your account.

Otherwise, if the user does not delete the file in the Trash, the file will automatically be deleted by Google Sheets after 30 days.

Why can’t I delete a Google sheet?

If a file has been shared with you, you may find that you can’t delete it yourself.

This is because you do not have the right permissions to delete the file.

Only the owner of a Google Drive file can delete said file.

If you want the file in question to be deleted, you will need to request the owner to delete the file themselves.

When handling files that are shared with you (these can be seen in the Shared with me section), you have the option to remove them from your account.

However, only the user’s access to the link will be affected. Other users who have access to the file will not be affected.

How do I restore a Google sheet?

Here’s how to restore deleted Google Sheets files:

Step 1

Open your browser of choice (eg, Chrome, FireFox, Edge, etc) and navigate to

Login to your Google account if you aren’t already logged in

Step 2

In the left navigation pane, click on Trash.

The Trash will load, displaying all items that have been deleted from your Google Drive but not permanently deleted.

At the top should be a banner stating how long deleted files are stored

Step 3

Find the file you want to restore, then right click on the file then choose Restore from the menu:

Your file will be removed from the trash and returned to the folder it was in before it was deleted

For more detailed instructions, check out: How To Recover Deleted Google Sheets


Hopefully this guide has given you an overview of deleting Google Sheets.

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