Given a Dropbox folder which has many hidden deleted files/folder, currently I have to delete them manually sub folder by sub folder.

Is it possible to delete them all quickly?

2 Answers 2


To test your problem,

  1. I created multiple sub-folders (non-empty) within a TEST folder.
  2. I selected the TEST folder and then clicked DELETE from the drop down list.

ALL folders/sub-folders within disappeared. I did all this from within the web interface.

If someone else can verify this behaviour, I'd be much obliged.


  1. Enable Keyboard Shortcuts from within Account Settings
  2. Next, switch to your folder list and click SHOW DELETED FILES or just press d
  4. From the MORE dropdown, click permanently delete

This ought to make your task easier.

  • Yes, right. But you are going just a half of my way. The rest thing to do is to click on More actions - Show deleted file and then, select the gray items and choose Permently delete. Hope it's clearer to you now.
    – Nam G VU
    Dec 25, 2010 at 7:23
  • Thank you! That's very helpful. Would you give us the whole list of the hotkey?
    – Nam G VU
    Dec 26, 2010 at 7:24
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    Press ? to access the list of keyboard shortcuts in the folder view.
    – Sparx
    Dec 26, 2010 at 8:00
  • Awesome. How did you know that! It looks like a hidden feature of dropbox. I can't find it anywhere on dropbox homepage.
    – Nam G VU
    Dec 30, 2010 at 3:29
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    Well...most sites that have keyboard shortcuts will display a help list when you press "?"
    – Sparx
    Dec 30, 2010 at 13:41

Keyboard shortcut doesn't work. Most easy way: click sort all files by "Kind" column -> select range of all deleted files (click first, hold shift + click last in list). Then you can permanently delete them. If you don't select continuous range of files it doesn't show the "permanently delete" option.

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