Delete files and folders

Users can delete documents and folders from an AODocs library (if they have the permission).

When a user deletes a document or folder, the deleted item:

  • goes to the AODocs library trash
  • stays in the library trash for the defined library retention period and is then permanently deleted

During the retention period, library administrators can: 

  • permanently delete the item
  • restore the item


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Delete files and folders in Team Folders and Secured Folders

The AODocs Smartbar lets you delete files or folders from Team Folders and Secured Folders in Google Drive. You can also delete a file from the Google Drive file preview.

1. In Google Drive, select the file or folder you want to delete.

2. Click the Delete file or Delete folder button on the right.

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Deleting a file from Google Drive


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Deleting a folder from Google Drive


Alternatively, open your file in the Google Drive file preview and select Delete in the Smartbar menu.

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Deleting a file from the Google Drive file preview

3. Click Delete in the confirmation dialog.

Note: In Google Drive, contributors can delete folders that aren't empty, but only files and folders on which they have edit rights will be deleted.

When you click Delete, the deleted item becomes unavailable and then disappears after a few seconds.

The deleted item is then sent to the library trash.

Important: Only administrators can restore deleted items. Learn more:
Display, restore or delete files from the trash
Manage deleted documents and folders

What if you can't delete files or folders?

Library administrators can restrict contributors' permissions, to prevent them from deleting documents and folders in Team Folders and Secured Folders. In this case, the delete feature is unavailable for contributors.

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Deactivated Delete button in Google Drive


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Deactivated Delete option in the Smartbar menu, in the Google Drive file preview

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  • If delete action is disabled then along with users even owner of the folder/file can't remove the file/folder. Then in that case who can delete the file? Super admin or super administrator?

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  • Hello! In this case, the Library Administrators can delete the file. See more info in this article:

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