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Delete or Trash specific file in Drive


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I had a script that ran every day at 5 am, that would move a specific file (data.xls) to the trash. However, since DocsList has been retired, the script no longer functions, and I'm having trouble updating it.

I've seen a couple of delete/setTrashed scripts posted here, but they all seem to function for an array of files, and i only want one specific file deleted.

I'm not a coder, and self-taught myself most of the small amount i have, so i need it as simple as possible (sorry.)

Any and all help or guidance is very appreciated. Thank you.

function myFunction() {
var files = DriveApp.getFilesByName('data');
 while (files.hasNext()) {
   var file =;
   ID = file.getId(file)


I've seen a couple of delete/setTrashed scripts posted here, but they all seem to function for an array of files, and i only want one specific file deleted.

Simply put, to delete a single file you delete the first item in the list, what you are calling an array and what Google calls a file iterator.

Retrieving a file by name is going to return a list(iterator), even if it has only one file by that name, so you must treat the single item as the first item in the iterator and set that first item to trash.


function myFunction() {
var files = DriveApp.getFilesByName('data');
 while (files.hasNext()) {;

if you know that there is one and only one file by that name you could do something as simple as:

function myFunction() {


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