How To Delete Google Docs

Last Updated on July 21, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to delete Google Docs documents.

How To Delete Google Docs

Google Docs makes it easy to quickly create and edit documents. But what happens when you no longer need a specific document? How do you delete it? Deleting files in Google Docs is not permanent by default, since documents will still be restorable for up to 30 days.

In this guide, we will explain how to permanently delete Google Docs documents. We will also show you how to recover deleted documents in case you make a mistake.

How to Remove Google Docs Documents

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to remove Google Docs documents.

Step 1

First, open up the document you want to remove.

Step 2

In the File menu, click on Move to trash.

Step 3

The file will now be moved to the Trash folder of your account. Items in the trash are automatically deleted after 30 days. If you have made a mistake, click Take out of trash to restore access to the file.

Step 4

If you wish to skip the 30 days, you can manually delete the file yourself. Head to your account’s Google Drive and click on Trash in the left panel.

Step 5

Right-click on the document you want to delete and select Delete forever. Do note that there will be no way for you to restore this file after performing this action.

Step 6

If you would like to delete all files in your trash, you can select the Empty trash option.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to delete Google Docs documents.

Click this link to make a copy of this sample document to try doing it yourself!