How do I copy or move Sharepoint library files using Windows Explorer?

You can move files quickly to other libraries in SharePoint by using the Open in Explorer feature to drag files between libraries. Since dragging and dropping is only supported with recent versions of SharePoint and Office 365, we present two ways so you accomplish the task with any version of SharePoint.

NOTES   Using File Explorer to move SharePoint files doesn't preserve metadata, such as the original creation date, unfortunately. If preserving the original file metadata is important to you, consider searching the Office 365 Marketplace for a file migration solution available from one of our partners.

To see the Library tab in OneDrive for Business, you may need to do one of the following:

  • Click Settings , and then Show Ribbon.
  • Click Return to classic OneDrive at the bottom of the Quick Launch menu, click Settings , and then Show Ribbon.

When trying to use Open with Explorer, you may run into an issue with Trusted Sites. See the following to troubleshoot:

 

Copy or move files to a different SharePoint library

SharePoint doesn't support moving or copying files easily to another within SharePoint. However, if you're using Office 365, these steps describe how to use Windows Explorer to quickly copy and move files between libraries. Drag and drop only supports moving and copying files, not folders.

 

Drag files to another folder with Office 365

Navigate in SharePoint to the library you want to copy from. Click on the title of the library to see the Library tab.

  1. In the library tab, clickLibrary, and then click Open with Explorer.
  2. When Explorer opens with your library, navigate in SharePoint to the library you want to copy or move the files into.
  3. Move the Explorer window over the SharePoint library, and select the files from Explorer, and drag them to the new SharePoint library. 
  4. Delete the files from Explorer if you'd like. Go back to your destination library in SharePoint and refresh the view. Your files will now be in the new library.
  5. If you're using an older versions of SharePoint without Office 365, or a browser that doesn't support drag and drop, try this method. This way can also copy folders, which drag and drop into SharePoint doesn't support.

 

Move or copy folders and files to a new library

 

  1. Navigate in SharePoint to the library you want to copy from. Click on the title of the library to see the Library tab.
  2. In the library tab, click Library, and then click Open with Explorer.
  3. Create a temporary folder on your desktop. Drag or copy the files and folders you want from the library now open in Explorer to the temporary folder.
  4. Go back to SharePoint and navigate to the library you want to copy or move the files into. Click then name of the library to get to the Library tab.
  5. In the new library, click the Library tab, and click Open with Explorer.
  6. On your desktop, open the temporary folder where you copied the files from your source library, and drag the files and folders into the new library now open in Explorer.
  7. When done, return to SharePoint, and refresh the library you copied the files or folders into. You should now see the new files.
  8. You can finish up by deleting the temporary folder on your computer, and closing explorer.

 

 

 

           

 

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