Browsing through Google’s official Chromebook forum where I have started contributing more these days, I noticed a people saying “unable to delete images”. I was quite surprised in the beginning, but then I understand what was happening.
All those questions on the forum have been answered by the amazing community members, but I am taking a minute here to explain to all my friends here.
Audio, Images and Videos
The Chrome OS Files app, the built-in file manager, shows three different sections called Audio, Images, and Videos which show content from all the sources you have on your Chromebook.
Let ‘s take the Images section as an example. This will show all the images on your Chromebook regardless of what folder they are saved in. These are read-only files. You might have some images in the Downloads folder and some in your Play Files folder where Android apps keep their files. You will see all of them here.
You can double-click and open the image. From there, you can click the pencil icon to edit the image. You can copy the file, use “Get info” to see additional details about the file. If you click “More actions”, you will see all the apps from your Chromebook that can do something using the image (Gmail to send it via image, Light Room to edit it etc). You can even right-click an image and set it as a wallpaper.
You cannot, however, delete tor rename the image from here. The delete option will be disabled or grayed out. The reason is, this is just a “view” and not a folder. You will need to go the original folder where the image is saved in, to delete or rename the file.
The same is applicable to the Audio and Video sections too. So, next time you find an image in the Images section that you want to delete or rename, find the folder where it is saved in, and you are good.
You now know that you cannot delete files from the recent section. However, after you find out the location of the file, how do you delete it?
You can either right-click and select Delete, or use the keyboard shortcut ALT + BACKSPACE. Give this a try and let us know how it goes.
Questions? Let us know in the comments section.