Getting started with OneDrive - Delete and restore files in OneDrive
Nov 21, 2023 2:00 PM

Getting started with OneDrive - Delete and restore files in OneDrive

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📺 Accidental deletions are no longer a cause for panic when you're using OneDrive. Learn how to manage your files effectively, including deleting and restoring

To delete or restore files from your OneDrive recycle bin, follow these steps:

  • Sign in to OneDrive: Open your web browser and go to the OneDrive website. Sign in with your Microsoft account.
  • Access the Recycle Bin: In the navigation pane, find and click on the 'Recycle bin' link. This will display all the files and folders you've deleted.
  • To Restore Files:
    • Select the file(s) or folder(s) you want to restore by clicking the checkbox next to each item.
    • Once you have selected the items, click on the 'Restore' button. This will recover the files back to their original location in your OneDrive.
  • To Permanently Delete Files:
    • Similarly, select the file(s) or folder(s) you want to permanently delete.
    • Click on the 'Delete' button. This action will remove the files permanently from your OneDrive storage.
  • Empty the Recycle Bin: To clear all items, you can click the 'Empty recycle bin' link. This will permanently delete all items in the Recycle Bin.

Note that files in the Recycle Bin count against your OneDrive storage limit. Also, items in the Recycle Bin are automatically deleted 30 days after they are put there, unless your organization has a different policy. Be sure to restore any important files before they are permanently removed.

More about One Drive

OneDrive is a cloud storage service from Microsoft that allows users to store files, photos, and documents in the cloud. It offers several features and benefits:

  • Accessibility: Files stored in OneDrive can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection, across various devices including PCs, tablets, and smartphones.
  • File Synchronization: OneDrive syncs your files across all your devices, ensuring you have the latest version of a file no matter where you access it.
  • Sharing and Collaboration: You can easily share files or folders with others, and collaborate on documents in real-time using integration with Microsoft Office applications.
  • Security: OneDrive offers robust security features, including file encryption, ransomware detection and recovery, and the ability to recover deleted files from the Recycle Bin.
  • Office Integration: It integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Office apps like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, enabling users to create and edit documents directly in the cloud.
  • Automatic Photo Backup: OneDrive can automatically upload photos from your mobile device, making photo backup effortless.
  • Personal Vault: A protected area within OneDrive where you can store more sensitive files with an additional layer of security.
  • Storage Plans: While OneDrive offers a free storage tier, additional storage is available through various subscription plans, including as part of Microsoft 365 subscriptions.
  • Offline Access: You can mark files or folders for offline access, allowing you to work without an internet connection.

OneDrive is designed to be a versatile and secure cloud storage solution, fitting both personal and professional needs. It's particularly useful for users who regularly use Microsoft Office products or who need a reliable way to back up and access their data from anywhere.