Media Library »Deleting Files

Note: Some of the instructions from this guide are referring to the WP Admin dashboard. You can get to this dashboard by adding /wp-admin to the end of your site’s url (e.g.:

Deleting files from your Media Library

You can permanently delete any upload from your Media Library. To do so, select the file(s) of your choice and click the Trash icon in the toolbar:

Note that unlike posts, pages, and comments, deletions from your media library are permanent and will not be moved to a trash folder.

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Deleting files from your Media Library in the WP Admin dashboard

Note: The instructions from this guide are referring to the WP Admin dashboard. You can get to this dashboard by adding /wp-admin to the end of your site’s url (e.g.:

To delete any files or uploads from your blog’s Media Library, start the process by navigating to Media → Library in your blog’s WP-Admin:

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Next, using your mouse, hover over any of the image files that you wish to remove from your library. You will notice that a group of options appear directly under the image title.

Click on the Delete Permanently option to remove the image. You will receive a confirmation prompt. Click OK to confirm the image’s deletion.

Done! Please note that once any media files and uploads have been removed from your blog, there is no way to recover them. You would need to upload them again to your blog. So please only delete files if you are certain that you would like to have them removed entirely from your blog’s media library.

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Bulk Deletion

There is an easier way to remove multiple images from your blog’s media library. To do this from List view, select the checkbox next to each image that you wish to remove.


Once you have selected all images that you wish to delete, refer to the Bulk Actions drop-down menu above the file listing. Choose the Delete Permanently option from the menu and click the Apply button.

To delete all images in view from any pages of your Media Library, you can select the primary check box and choose Delete Permanently from the Bulk Actions drop-down, as described above.


You can do the same from Grid view, where your Media Library is displayed in a gallery of thumbnail images without text.

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First, click the Bulk Select button.

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Next, click on one or several images.

Tip: Select multiple photos at once. After clicking the first thumbnail, hold the Shift key, then click the last thumbnail of files you’d like to delete, and all the thumbnails in between will be selected. You can feel free to click (uncheck) the ones you’d like to keep.

When you’re ready to permanently delete the files, click Delete Selected, and OK when the confirmation prompt appears.

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Additional Info

  • Currently, the direct web addresses to the files might continue to work for up to a few days, as they are cached.
  • The amount of free space in your blog may not change for a few minutes, so please be patient.
  • The amount of space freed may not drop until 500kb of images has been deleted. (1% of the 50mb is 500kb)
  • Images (and other media) that you delete from still may be cached by search engines. In those cases, you should contact the search engine directly to find out how to remove the images from their servers.
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