How To Delete Shared With Me Files On Onedrive

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Deleting files that have been shared with you on OneDrive is a simple task that can assist with decluttering your cloud storage and maintaining the organization of your files. In this article, I will walk you through the process of deleting shared with me files on OneDrive, while also sharing some of my own personal tips and experiences.


As a frequent user of OneDrive, I often find myself inundated with shared files from various collaborators and colleagues. While these shared files can be helpful, they can also clutter up my storage space and make it challenging to find my own files quickly.

Fortunately, Microsoft has made it easy to delete shared with me files on OneDrive, allowing you to maintain a clean and organized digital workspace. Let’s dive into the step-by-step process and explore some additional tips to streamline your OneDrive experience.

Step 1: Accessing the “Shared with me” Section

To begin deleting shared with me files on OneDrive, you first need to access the “Shared with me” section. Follow these steps:

  1. Open OneDrive in your preferred web browser.
  2. On the left-hand side menu, click on the “Shared” tab.
  3. From the dropdown menu, select “Shared with me.”

Once you’ve completed these steps, you’ll be directed to the “Shared with me” section, where you can view all the files that have been shared with you.

Step 2: Selecting and Deleting Shared Files

Now that you’re in the “Shared with me” section, it’s time to select and delete the files you no longer need. Here’s how:

  1. Browse through the list of shared files and locate the ones you want to delete.
  2. Check the box beside each file you wish to remove.
  3. Once you’ve selected the files, click on the “Delete” button at the top of the page.
  4. Confirm the deletion by clicking “Delete” in the pop-up window.

By following these steps, you can selectively delete shared with me files on OneDrive, freeing up valuable storage space and decluttering your workspace.

Step 3: Recovering Accidentally Deleted Files

It’s essential to exercise caution when deleting files, as once they are deleted, they cannot be easily recovered. However, if you accidentally delete a file, there are ways to retrieve it. Here’s what you can do:

  1. Immediately check the “Recycle bin” section in OneDrive.
  2. If the file is still in the recycle bin, select it and click on the “Restore” button.
  3. If the file is not in the recycle bin, you can still try recovering it within certain time limits or contact your OneDrive administrator for assistance.

Remember to be cautious while deleting files and double-check before permanently removing them from your OneDrive.


Deleting shared with me files on OneDrive can significantly improve your digital organization and productivity. By following the simple steps outlined in this article, you can efficiently manage your shared files and keep your OneDrive clutter-free.

Remember to regularly review the files in your “Shared with me” section and delete any unnecessary ones to maintain an organized and efficient digital workspace. Happy deleting!