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Bulk Delete Media in WordPress- Tutorial: A picture of a user bulk deleting selected media in WordPress.

Bulk Delete Media in WordPress: Overview

            When viewing the Media Library, you can use the “Bulk Actions” drop-down that appears in the “List” view or the “Bulk Select” button that appears in the “Grid” view to bulk delete media in WordPress.

            To bulk delete media in WordPress, open the “Media Library” by clicking the “Media” button within the WordPress Admin Panel. If you are using the “Grid” view of the Media Library, click the “Bulk Select” button. Then click each media item in the Media Library that you want to delete to mark them with a checkmark in their upper-right corners. After checking the items to delete, click the “Delete Selected” button that appears above the media items within the Media Library to delete them. You can click the “Cancel Selection” button to cancel the bulk deletion and return to the normal view of the Media Library, if desired.

            If using the “List” view of the Media Library, click the checkbox to the left of each media item you want to bulk delete. You can select all media items on a page by clicking the checkbox at the top of the checkbox column, to the left to the word “File,” at the top of the screen. Then use the “Bulk Actions” drop-down to select “Delete Permanently.” Then click the “Apply” button to permanently delete the selected media items.

Bulk Delete Media in WordPress- Tutorial: A picture of a user bulk deleting selected media in WordPress.

Bulk Delete Media in WordPress- Tutorial: A picture of a user bulk deleting selected media in WordPress.

Bulk Delete Media in WordPress: Overview

  1. To use the “Bulk Actions” drop-down that appears in the “List” view or the “Bulk Select” button that appears in the “Grid” view to bulk delete media in WordPress when you are viewing the Media Library, open the “Media Library” by clicking the “Media” button within the WordPress Admin Panel.
  2. If you are using the “Grid” view of the Media Library, click the “Bulk Select” button.
  3. Click each media item in the Media Library that you want to delete to mark them with a checkmark in their upper-right corners.
  4. Click the “Delete Selected” button that appears above the media items within the Media Library to delete them.
  5. To cancel the bulk deletion, click the “Cancel Selection” button to return to the normal view of the Media Library.
  6. If using the “List” view of the Media Library, click the checkbox to the left of each media item you want to bulk delete.
  7. To select all media items on a page, click the checkbox at the top of the checkbox column, to the left to the word “File,” at the top of the screen.
  8. Use the “Bulk Actions” drop-down to select “Delete Permanently.”
  9. Click the “Apply” button to permanently delete the selected media items.

Bulk Delete Media in WordPress: Video Lesson

            The following video lesson, titled “Bulk Deleting Media,” shows you how to bulk delete media in WordPress. This video on how to bulk delete media in WordPress is from our complete WordPress training, titled “Mastering WordPress Made Easy v.4.0.”

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