June 20, 2014

New 'Move to Trash' option in Google Drive

Owners of a Google document, spreadsheet, or presentation are now able to move it to the trash from within its own File menu, rather than needing to do so from the Drive home page. Editors and viewers will see the 'Move to trash' option in the File menu, but it will be inactive and greyed out.

Move to Trash 

Anything you remove from Google Drive will be placed in your 'Trash' until you permanently delete the files or restore them. Google will not delete your files if you move them to trash. The files will just sit in your trash until you decide to delete or restore them. Once you delete your files in your trash, they are gone forever. 

If you move a file out of your Google Drive and on to your computer, the same file on the web in Google Drive will be moved to 'Trash'. If you empty the trash, the file will be permanently deleted.

Permanently Delete Files and Folders

You can permanently delete files and folders by emptying the trash. Before you empty the trash, make sure that you won’t need the file or folder in the future. Google will be able to help you recover a deleted file for a limited time, but after the file has been deleted from Google’ systems, the files are gone forever. Read about Google Drive’s deletion and recovery policy

To permanently delete files and folders that you own, follow these steps: 
  1. Go to 'Trash' in the left-hand side navigation in Google Drive. 
  2. Select the item(s) you want to delete. 
  3. Click Delete forever. 
Note: Moving a file or folder to trash, or permanently deleting it removes access for everyone you've shared it with.

Posted by: Lisa Bono