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Delete a SharePoint site or subsite

When you no longer need a Microsoft SharePoint site – such as a site created for a specific project – it should be deleted to ensure only relevant content can be found.

You must be a site owner or SharePoint administrator to delete sites. If you are a site owner but you are unable to delete a site, your administrator may have turned off the ability to do so.

Notes: 

  • When you delete a communication site or team site, you also delete any pages, content, and user information including documents, document libraries, and lists.
  • Sites associated with a hub can be deleted like any other site.
  • When you delete a group connected team site, there can be a delay before the site is removed from SharePoint.

Delete a communication site or team site

When you delete a team or communication site, you also delete any subsites, content, and user information that are part of the site, including documents, document libraries, lists, and list data.

  1. Navigate to the team site or communication site you want to delete.
  2. Select Settings  Office 365 Settings button at the top of the site and then click Site information

Note: If you do not see Site information in the Settings panel, work with your SharePoint administrator to get access.

Image of the settings panel with site information highlighted
  • At the bottom of the Site Information panel, select Delete site.
Image site information panel with delete highlighted
  • Check the confirmation box, and then select Delete.

Confirmation for communication sites

Delete site confirmation

Confirmation for team sites

Delete site confirmation

Delete a site or subsite quicksteps

If you’re experienced with SharePoint, here’s how to delete a site or subsite in any version.

  • SharePoint in Microsoft 365 team site — Settings Office 365 Settings button > Site InformationDelete site — Check box to delete group, and then click Delete
  • SharePoint in Microsoft 365 or SharePoint Server 2019 communication site — Settings Office 365 Settings button > Site InformationDelete site — Click Delete
  • SharePoint Server 2019 Team site — Settings SharePoint 2016 Settings button on title bar. > Site Information > View all site settingsSite Actions > Delete this site — Click Delete
  • SharePoint Classic Experience or earlier versions of SharePoint in Microsoft 365 — Settings SharePoint 2016 Settings button on title bar. > Site settingsSite Actions > Delete this site — Click Delete
  • SharePoint Server 2016, 2013 — Settings SharePoint 2016 Settings button on title bar. > Site settingsSite Actions > Delete this site — Click Delete
  • SharePoint Server 2010 — Site Actions Site Actions Menu > Site settings Site Actions > Delete this site — Click Delete

Deleted a site by accident?

If you accidentally delete a site in SharePoint, it can usually be restored from the site collection recycle bin by a site collection administrator. See Restore deleted items from the site collection recycle bin.

Need to delete a page?

SharePoint site owners and administrators can delete modern pages from a SharePoint site. See Delete a page from a SharePoint site.

Need to add or remove members from your site?

If you’re a site owner, you can give other people access to the site by adding them as owners, members, or visitors. See Share a site.

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