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How to delete downloads on Chromebook?

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Chromebooks are one of the cheapest options if you want the experience of a laptop but are only willing to shill about half the price of an entry-level Windows laptop. They’re also great lightweight options for those who’re on the road often. While several things on Chromebook are similar to Windows or Mac PCs, the file explorer is quite elementary.

If you’re new to the ChromeOS experience and are finding it difficult to delete downloads from your Chromebook, we’ve got you covered.

Here we’ve discussed the following two ways to delete downloads from your Chromebook:


How to delete downloads on Chromebook using the keyboard shortcut?

The easiest way to delete downloads on Chromebook is using the shortcut: ALT + Backspace key.

How to delete screenshots on Chromebook?

All you need to do is find the downloaded file you want to delete, select it and then press the keyboard shortcut combination.

If you can’t figure out the file’s location, the guide below should help.

Also read: How to delete screenshots on Chromebook?


How to delete a download on Chromebook via Files?

One of the easiest ways to delete downloads on a Chromebook, including audio, image, video, or document, is the native file manager app Files. While third-party apps like File Manager can delete any files on Chromebook, the Files app works just fine.

Step 1: Open the Files app on your Chromebook.

Step 2: Click on the Downloads folder.

Step 3: Select the downloaded files or folders you’d like to delete. You can select either single downloads or multiple downloads. Then click on the Trash Bin icon from the toolbar — at the top-right.

Like Windows, use the combination of Shift + Arrow keys or Ctrl + left mouse button to select multiple downloaded files.

You’ll see a confirmation that the selected items have been moved to the Trash folder.

Step 4: To permanently delete these files, go to the Trash folder and click on the Empty trash now option.

Step 5: Select Delete Forever, and the downloaded files will be permanently deleted from your Chromebook.

Alternatively, you can permanently select and delete individual files from the Trash folder.

You can follow our guide here to help you delete different kind of files -- Camera and Play Store files.

Also read: Top 7 drawing apps for Chromebooks

CT Editorial Team

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