When you’re finished using a list in SharePoint Online, you may wish to delete it. Sometimes you’re at the end of a project and have no need to keep the list’s information, and other times you may have just been testing out capabilities and are ready to clean up.
You must be a site owner or site member to delete a list by default. List permissions can be changed, however, so that even as a member you may not have the ability. Check with your site’s owner if you’re running into an issue when following these steps.
Delete a SharePoint list
To delete a list in SharePoint Online, follow these steps:
- Go to the list you wish to delete
- Select the settings wheel in the upper right corner, then List settings.
- Select Delete this list and click OK when prompted in your browser.
Restore a previously deleted SharePoint list
Items, including lists, remain in your site’s recycle bin for 93 days once deleted. Site owners have access to a second-stage recycle bin from which they can restore “double deleted” items (when someone empties the main recycle bin, or deletes a specific item from it).
As long as you’re within the 93-day window, follow these steps to restore a SharePoint list:
- Go to your site’s Recycle bin (may be on the navigation menu, or in your Site contents (settings wheel in upper right > Site contents).
- Select the deleted list
- Choose Restore
Here’s a video demonstration of the deletion and restoration process for SharePoint lists: