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I have created a sharepoint list in 2013 by importing an access 2013 table which has 7414 records and have set the list to sync with the table held on my local PC. I want to start over again but when I try to delete the list on my sharepoint site I get error message "the the list exceeds the 5000 limit" and I am unable to delete it. How can I overcome this? I have full owner permissions. Graham

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I believe there are plenty of solutions here for you in a previous similar question: sharepoint.stackexchange.com/questions/26542/… –  Hugh Wood Apr 23 '13 at 17:03

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Owner permissions are not enough. You need to either have a Site Collection Administrator delete the list or find out when the Large List Threshold Window is for your organization and delete it then.

Alternatively, you might be able to create a view that shows less than 5000 items, then use the DataSheet view to bulk delete until the list total is below 5000. This probably won't work as you will likely hit the same error trying to create the view but it is worth a shot.

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Resource Throttling "List View Threshold" property limits the maximum number of items that a database operation can involve at one time. It is 5000 by default. You can change it in:

Central Administration -> Manage Web Applications -> Select WebApp -> General Settings/Resource Throttling -> Change "List View Threshold".

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Please don't post answers in bulk. You have posted the identical answer to sharepoint.stackexchange.com/questions/66529 and sharepoint.stackexchange.com/questions/66573. –  SPDoctor Apr 23 '13 at 19:08
Can't do this. The Sharepoint site I am using is hosted by Microsoft and the highest permission is Administrator or Owner, of which I am both. I can only access ADMIN options for Office 365 or Sharepoint neither of which are any help. –  sirocco Apr 23 '13 at 19:11
Check this link community.office365.com/en-us/forums/148/p/79787/… . Hope it will help. –  Andrew Apr 23 '13 at 19:46

link to the sharepoint list with MS-Access (2007 is good enough) and just run a query 'delete * from table' and then let it run and go for coffee ....This link through MS_Access does not appear to be limited by the view threshold (also not for displaying the contents of a list)

The actual deletion is slow (in my case just a few rows per second) and deleted rows go to recycle bin but you only need to run the query, no further interaction required.

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as mentionned here: http://norpoint.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/change-or-disable-throttling-settings-for-large-sharepoint-lists/

for a one-time job it could be easier to just do

$web = Get-SPWeb $webUrl
$web.AllowUnsafeUpdates = $true
$list = $web.Lists[$listName]
$list.enablethrottling = $false

it worked for me :)

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You must be a Farm Administrator AND have Administrator rights in your SharePoint Server to see your list.

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This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post - you can always comment on your own posts, and once you have sufficient reputation you will be able to comment on any post. –  Waqas Sarwar MCSE Aug 1 '14 at 18:53
I don't understand your comment, this provide a solution for the user, if he has Administrative privileges on SharePoint and Windows Server, he can see and delete the items. –  Victor Martins Aug 4 '14 at 16:21

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