While I may not mind being a pack-rat at home among all my memorial souvenirs and thrift store goodies…
I don’t want a lot of junk in my files online!
I realized today that I had to do something about the repeated saved and recovered files I had in Excel.
I noticed that it was quite the hassle to deal with so like most folks, I just ignored it.
Meanwhile, the list continued to grow.
Since I was concerned that I might lose a valuable nugget of information, I held on.
To what, I am not sure.
Every nugget of value is easily replaced by making another online search.
In Excel, since it is mainly numbered stuff, I tend to hold off deleting it.
And, when I finally tried every so often to delete sheets, I found it was not possible.
For me anyway.
So, I let the duplicates and and recovered files of the recovered saved files list grow and grow.
Today I reached the end of the line.
I really needed to do something. I am not computer literate and I have no idea why it has to save and recover and save so much.
I save everything when I am done so it’s beyond me why it happens, but it does.
And, actually, I am not that lazy or sloppy.
I have tried to delete files and sheets but not knowing how it works, my effort was in vain.
I usually just cleared the contents but the list name stayed put.
I would give up because by the time I wanted to wrap-up my online work , I was too tired to try deleting stuff.
So, today as I was looking at my lists, I once again saw that list cleaning was overdue.
So I Googled how to remedy the situation.
My first effort was good enough to get rid of the sheets I didn’t want in all the lists.
But, that wasn’t good enough because I could still see the lists.
Getting rid of the sheets wasn’t enough so more action was necessary.
I Googled again on how to get rid of my One Drive files.
This time I struck gold!
If I had done this one first, I would not have had to go through each list and delete each sheet which turned out to be non-productive.
Everything was still there.
The computer saves everything and for all I know, it’s all still out in the ether somewhere!
Finally, in Microsoft One Drive website, I was able to delete the files and empty them from the recycle bin.
And finally I’m rid of all those duplicate and useless files forever.
If I am wrong, please let me know.
Here is a link to see my searches in case you might need it.
Maintenance of any kind is usually tedious but this kind is not the kind that you can outsource … unfortunately.
Right now I just had the thought that my Word files need some weeding too.
If I find that’s not easy, I will figure it out and share.
If you don’t hear from me, it means it was simple and you don’t need me if you can do it yourself too.
I wanted to share this in case anyone else had the hassles I did.