How to delete files on a Chromebook

Among the operating systems, Google’s Chrome OS is the most unique. It is much more focused on using online services and is built around the Chrome browser. One way Chromebook stands out from the crowd is the lack of a recycle bin, although that doesn’t mean you can’t delete any of your files on the system.

If you’re having some trouble deleting junk files, here’s how to delete files on a Chromebook.

How to delete files via My Files

Step 1: Open My files.

The My Files option on a Chromebook.

Step 2: Right click on the file you want to remove from the system and select the remove choice.

It should be emphasized that, as we noted earlier, a Chromebook-based machine does not have a recycle bin. Thus, once you delete a file, it cannot be recovered and is completely removed from the system.

Delete a file or folder on a Chromebook.

Delete images on Chromebook

Trying to delete images on a Chromebook can only be done through a specific method. You cannot delete them via the Pictures folder. Likewise, files from the recent or Video folders cannot be deleted. Find them instead via My files and delete them there.

Step 1: Open My files.

Step 2: Now open the location where the images were originally placed. If it is in the Downloads folder, open that and proceed to delete the image(s).

Delete an image on a Chromebook.

How to delete downloads on Chromebook

Since Chromebook systems typically don’t have a huge amount of local storage space, files within the To download folders are automatically deleted when the system is running out of space to function.

Therefore, you may want to include certain files and folders in Downloads before that happens, or you just don’t feel like those files anymore.

Step 1: Select the My files folder.

Step 2: Select Downloads.

Step 3: Choose the files and folders you want to remove from the system by right clicking on them and then choose the remove choice.

Remove files from the Downloads folder on a Chromebook.

For more helpful tutorials on Chromebook, especially if you’re a new user to the ecosystem, check out our tutorials on adding, disabling, and removing apps in Chrome OS, and how to zip and extract files.

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