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How to Delete an Excel File or Google Sheet

This tutorial demonstrates how to delete an Excel file or Google spreadsheet.


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You can easily delete an Excel file in Windows Explorer as you do with most of your files, but there is also an option to do the same thing through Excel itself.

Delete an Excel File

Windows Explorer

To delete an Excel file through Windows Explorer, go to the folder where your file is saved, and right-click on the file, and choose Delete.


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As a result, the file is moved to the Recycle Bin. You can do the same thing by selecting the file, and pressing the Delete button on your keyboard.

Delete a File in Excel

Although probably a less commonly used option, deleting an file is also possible from within Excel.

1. In the Ribbon, go to FileĀ > Open.


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2. In the right part of the window, choose Browse.


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3. In the Open window, right-click the file you want to delete, and choose Delete.


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Note: You can also use VBA code to delete files.

Delete a Google Sheets File

Google Drive

Similar to Excel, you can delete a Google spreadsheet through Google Drive, or in Google Sheets. To delete a file in Google Drive, right-click the file you want to delete, and choose Remove.


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As a result, the selected file is removed from your Google Drive.

Delete a File in Google Sheets

To delete a file through Google Sheets, in the Menu, go to FileĀ > Move to trash.


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The result is the same: The file is deleted from Google Drive.