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How do I move items in SharePoint?

Published: 1 July 2021 Last updated: 27 September 2022

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Drag and drop

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SharePoint supports drag and drop. When dragging items to folders you will see a blue dotted line appear around any location you can move the item to. For more options, use the Move to feature.


Move to

Move To will allow you to move items around your SharePoint site as well as move items to other SharePoint sites that you have access to.

Step 1:
Select files or folders in a SharePoint library to move or copy.

Step 2:
On the command bar along the top, select Move to or Copy to

Step 3:
Choose a destination in the current library, OneDrive, or another SharePoint site, then select Move here or Copy here. If a site isn’t listed, at the bottom of the site list on the left, select More places.

Step 4:
If you want to move or copy your files to a new folder, select the new folder icon in the top right corner to add a new folder. Enter a name for the folder and select Create. You can then select the new folder and select Move here or Copy here.

Notes: 

  • When you use Move to, the history of the document is copied to the new destination. When you use Copy to with documents that have version history, only the latest version is copied. To copy earlier versions, you need to restore and copy each one. For more info about versioning, see Enable and configure versioning for a list or library.
  • For info on moving a file from OneDrive to a SharePoint site, see Move files and folders between OneDrive and SharePoint.
  • The Move to operation will fail if you attempt to move the document across libraries and the destination has enforced unique values.
  • When a file is moving, it continues to appear in the source directory until it’s fully moved to the destination and then it will be deleted. The file remains in the source sites Recycle Bin after the Move is complete and is subject to the normal recycle schedule unless a user recovers it from the Recycle Bin.
  • We do not recommend moving OneNote notebooks outside of the OneNote app.
  • Move to and Copy to work best within the SharePoint Online limits.
  • Move to option is not currently available on the Site Pages Library. 
  • For common scenarios, visit this Tech Community blog.

Microsoft Support

Move or copy files in SharePoint

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