Is there a quick powershell script to delete items from a list where created date is less than some date? Also, would the deleted items be in the recycle bin (in the event business team wants to restore some items).

  • Nice job finding the solution! Can you post it as an answer now? – Kit Menke Jul 29 '11 at 20:37

On behalf of author, the answer was found here: http://blogs.flexnetconsult.co.uk/colinbyrne/2008/02/26/PowerShellSharePointThreeWaysToDeleteAListItemIDCAMLStringMatching.aspx


$site = new-object Microsoft.SharePoint.SPSite("http://sitecollectionURL") 
$web = $site.rootweb 
$list = $web.Lists["Name of the List"]

            <FieldRef Name="Created" />
            <Value IncludeTimeValue="TRUE" Type="DateTime">2011-12-31T02:32:20Z</Value>

$query=new-object Microsoft.SharePoint.SPQuery 
$query.Query=$caml | Write-Output

$listItemsTotal = $items.Count;

for($x=$listItemsTotal-1;$x -ge 0; $x--)


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