How To Delete A List In Trello

Trello is an exceptional project management and collaboration tool. But as the projects evolve, so does the need to manage the lists within the Trello boards. One common requirement is the need to delete lists that are no longer needed. In this post, we will explore how you can delete a list in Trello.

Step-by-step Guide to Delete a List on Trello

It’s important to note that Trello doesn’t natively allow you to delete a list permanently. Instead, Trello operates on an ‘archive’ system. This means you can archive a list which effectively hides it from your Board. However, if you insist on deleting it, it can still be done by deleting the cards within the list first and then proceeding to delete the list itself.

Archiving a List

Here are the steps to archive a list:

  1. Open the Trello board that contains the list you want to archive.
  2. Locate the list and click on the menu icon (three dots) to the right of the list’s name.
  3. From the dropdown menu, select “Archive This List”.

Your list is now archived and invisible on your board. You can always unarchive it if you need it in the future.

Permanently Deleting a List

If you still want to delete a list completely, here are the steps:

  1. First, you need to archive the list as described above.
  2. Next, from the board menu, click on “More” and then select “Archived Items”.
  3. Locate your list and click “Delete”.

Do note that this action cannot be undone. Once a list is deleted, all the cards in the list are also deleted permanently.


While Trello doesn’t natively provide an option to delete a list permanently, it does allow for comprehensive archiving of lists. This allows for a clutter-free board while also preserving the flexibility to restore any archived list. However, if you still need to delete a list, it can be done albeit with caution as the action is irreversible.

Hope this guide helped you in understanding better how to navigate Trello and manage your lists effectively. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks on using Trello like a Pro!