I'm having problem removing / deleting two (2) content types. I managed to delete 14 but there are two left behind. Those two are at the same level as the other ones.

I've deleted:

  • all items in lists
  • the entire lists (custom)
  • fields (site columns)
  • reference in lists
  • deleted both recycle bins

Still cannot delete the CT. The site collection should now be a clean site collection.

Get-SPOContentType | ? { $_.Group.StartsWith("Company")  } | Remove-SPOContentType -Force 

Is there a good way in SP Online to see the usage of an Content Type?


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I believe the equivalent of SPContentTypeUsage is not available in Client. Hence we can't use PowerShell to scan and report the Usage.

I strongly recommend you check the recycle bin to make sure the reference is holding in there

  • Delete from site recycle bin
  • Delete from Site Collection > Site Settings > Site Collection Administration > Recycle Bin
  • Delete from End User Recycle Bin Items
  • Delete from Deleted From End User Recycle Bin
  • What type of privileges must I have to enter the "End User Recycle Bin Items"? I'm site collection admin .. but then I probably have to be tenant admin to view those. But I managed to delete 14 CT's but only two are left behind.
    – Plexus81
    Jul 7, 2016 at 14:11
  • By that it means one of the user might have delete a document associated with that content type and it is residing in his/her recycle bin. You can try the other recycle bin's and try deleting the CT again. Jul 7, 2016 at 14:13
  • All recycle bins that I have access to are empty. It's a clean site collection now.
    – Plexus81
    Jul 7, 2016 at 14:15
  • just got this. when we go to the recycle bin there's a text at the bottom of the page "Can't find what you're looking for? Check the Second-stage recycle bin". entered it, deleted "permanently" and then managed to remove the content type Mar 30, 2022 at 13:34

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