Work with workspace objects

This article explains how to work with folders and other workspace objects.


Folders contain all static assets within a workspace: notebooks, libraries, experiments, and other folders. Icons indicate the type of the object contained in a folder. Click a folder name to open or close the folder and view its contents.

Open folder

To perform an action on a folder, click the Down Caret at the right side of a folder and select a menu item.

Folder menu

Special folders

A Databricks workspace has three special folders: Workspace, Shared, and Users. You cannot rename or move a special folder.

Workspace root folder

To navigate to the Workspace root folder:

  1. Click Workspace Icon Workspace.
  2. Click the Scroll Left Icon icon.

The Workspace root folder is a container for all of your organization’s Databricks static assets.

Workspace Root

Within the Workspace root folder:

  • Shared Icon Shared is for sharing objects across your organization. All users have full permissions for all objects in Shared.
  • Users Icon Users contains a folder for each user.

By default, the Workspace root folder and all of its contained objects are available to all users. You can control who can manage and access objects by enabling workspace access control and setting permissions.

To sort all objects alphabetically or by type across all folders, click the Down Caret to the right of the Workspace folder and select Sort > [Alphabetical | Type]:

Workspace Sort

User home folders

Each user has a home folder for their notebooks and libraries:

Workspace label > Home Folder

If workspace access control is enabled, by default objects in this folder are private to that user.


When you remove a user, the user’s home folder is retained.

Workspace object operations

The objects stored in the Workspace root folder are folders, notebooks, libraries, and experiments. To perform an action on a Workspace object, right-click the object or click the Menu Dropdown at the right side of an object.

Object menu

From the drop-down menu you can:

Search workspace for an object

To search the workspace for an object, click Search Icon Search in the sidebar and type a search string in the Search Workspace field. As you type, objects whose name contains the search string are listed.

Search string matches

Access recently used objects

You can access recently used objects by clicking Recents Icon Recents in the sidebar or the Recents column on the workspace landing page.


The Recents list is cleared after deleting the browser cache and cookies.

Move an object

To move an object, you can drag-and-drop the object or click the Menu Dropdown or Down Caret at the right side of the object and select Move:

Move object

To move all the objects inside a folder to another folder, select the Move action on the source folder and select the Move all items in ‘<folder-name>’ rather than the folder itself checkbox.

Move folder contents

Delete an object

To delete a folder, notebook, library or experiment, click the Menu Dropdown or Down Caret at the right side of the object and select Move to Trash. The Trash folder is automatically emptied (purged) after 30 days.

You can permanently delete an object in the Trash by selecting the Menu Dropdown to the right of the object and selecting Delete Immediately.

Delete immediately

You can permanently delete all objects in the Trash by selecting the Menu Dropdown to the right of the Trash folder and selecting Empty Trash.

Empty trash

Restore an object

You restore an object by dragging it from the Trash Trash folder to another folder.