How To Permanently Delete Files From Microsoft OneDrive

Files deleted from Microsoft OneDrive are not completely deleted unless the recycle bin is emptied.

To do this :

Access OneDrive and from the lower left corner, click on “Recycle bin”.

accessing recycle bin in Microsoft OneDrive

The deleted files will be present in recycle bin (this is because if a restoration is needed, it can be done from here).

deleted files from OneDrive present in recycle bin

To permanently delete these files, select them as needed and choose “Empty recycle bin”.

emptying recycle bin in OneDrive

Click “Delete” when the confirmation box pops up.

confirmation popup for permanently deleting files from OneDrive

Wait for the process to finish.

Files permanently deleted from OneDrive

All done.


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