Deleting a Workbook

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Deleting a workbook permanently removes it from your workspace and from collaborators' workspaces as well. Proceed with caution.

Sometimes you accidentally create an unnecessary workbook, or simply want to remove an old and unused one. For these and other cases, if you are an owner, then you have the option to delete a workbook. But be careful: before you delete, make sure you do not need any of the data or contents of that workbook. Deleted workbooks are currently not recoverable, are deleted for all collaborators, and remove related row relationships. 

Deleting a Workbook from the Homepage

From your Spreadsheet.com homepage, navigate to the workbook you want to delete. Right click on the workbook name or click the downward arrow to the right of the workbook name and select "Delete..." from the dropdown.

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This will open a popup confirming you want to delete the workbook. Once you confirm, the workbook will be deleted.

Deleted workbooks cannot be recovered. All of the data within the workbook will be deleted, and all collaborators will lose access as well. Make sure you want to delete a workbook before doing so.

Deleting a Workbook from Inside the Workbook

Once inside the workbook you want to delete, select File from the top navigation bar and select "Delete..." from the dropdown.

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This will open a popup confirming you want to delete the workbook. Once you confirm, the workbook will be deleted.

Deleted workbooks cannot be recovered. All of the data within the workbook will be deleted, and all collaborators will lose access as well. Make sure you want to delete a workbook before doing so.

What happens to related rows if you delete the worksheet that they're called from?

Deleting a workbook also removes any related rows in other worksheets. All related rows and related row lookups will be removed and stop working. Make sure you remove and store any data you will need before you delete a workbook.

Learn more about managing your workbooks with our articles on Workbook Storage and Size Limits, Version History, and Exporting to Excel.