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How to Delete Files on a Chromebook/ChromeOS

We show you how to delete files from a Chromebook using the files app via mouse or hotkey.


store most of their files online in services like Drive or Dropbox. However, Chromebooks also have a limited amount of local storage that can be used to save files offline or for faster access.

Local storage on a is useful for keeping some files handy without relying on an internet connection or service. However, it is also limited and may fill up quickly if you download too many files. Therefore, it is advisable to regularly back up your local files to an online service or an external device and delete any unnecessary files from your Chromebook's disk.

This guide shows you how to delete files on your Chromebook, which is a quick and straightforward process.

How to Delete Files on a Chromebook

To manage and delete files on a Chromebook, you can use the Files app that comes pre-installed on the device. The Files app lets you view, open, delete, rename, move, copy, or share files stored on your Chromebook's internal disk or on external like SD cards or USB drives. You can also create folders and shortcuts to organize your files according to your preferences.

  1. Open the Files app and select the files you want to delete from your Chromebook

    To open the Files app, follow these steps:

    Click the Launcher icon in the bottom-left corner of your screen.
    Click the Up arrow to see all your apps.
    Find and click the Files app icon. It looks like a blue folder with a white outline.

    Chromebook - Select Files

  2. Right-click and choose “Delete” to remove the files from your Chromebook
    Chromebook - Select Files - Right-click - Delete
  3. Alternatively you can also use the hotkey “ALT + BACKSPACE” to delete the selected files
    Chromebook - Select Files - Alt+Backspace
  4. Confirm to delete the files from your Chromebook
    Chromebook - Select Files - Alt+Backspace - Delete

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Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus is the founder of WinBuzzer and has been playing with Windows and technology for more than 25 years. He is holding a Master´s degree in International Economics and previously worked as Lead Windows Expert for Softonic.com.