Question

rbilleaud on Wed, 29 Jul 2009 14:08:07


I'll be damned if I can figure this out.  As you can tell, I'm a complete newbie and I can't figure out how to move folders around.  It's frustrating because Sharepoint is not at all intuitive and I find it strange that you can't drag and drop considering it was developed my Microsoft.  I just want to move existing folders to a new folder I've created.  I've figured out how to "Send" individual files over, but I don't have the time to sit here and move them over one-by-one, it'd take forever.  There's got to be a way to simply move folder A to folder B and bring all the files along with it.  I'm sure some expert here knows a simple way to do this.  Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

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Mike Walsh FIN on Wed, 29 Jul 2009 14:12:42


Moving to Admin.

Ryan Keller on Wed, 29 Jul 2009 16:46:47


In SharePoint terminology, the most common type of "folder" is called a Library (e.g., Document Library, Picture Library, etc).  Inside these Libraries you can store the more familiar folders.  A Library cannot, however, contain another Libary (a Document Library can't contain another Document Library).  You can actually drag and drop files and folders between Libraries.  Open you Document Library and in the Actions dropdown menu select Open with Windows Explorer.  The Document Library will open in a Windows Explorer window that will let you move the files around like you're accustomed to.  You can open the destination Library in the same way, and drag the files/folders between the two libraries.  If you have any metadata associated with the documents, you should make sure to recreate those columns with the same names and column types in the destination Library so the metadata transfers as well.  Hope this helps!

Keep at it!  SharePoint can be tricky to learn at first, but once you've used it for a bit you'll be an old pro at it!

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DavidLewis27 on Wed, 29 Jul 2009 17:22:21


Drag and drop folders use the content and structure .  create a new folder where you want it to appear.  click the folder you want to move check all the documents you want to move.  Select actions and move select the folder you want to move the documents to and click ok.  everything is moved and it keeps all of the history of the documents

Mike Smith MCT MVP on Wed, 29 Jul 2009 17:43:26


Content and Structure is only available in MOSS. In WSS and MOSS you can also use Windows Explorer (Actions menu).

jmac12 on Thu, 01 Dec 2011 17:47:13


If you want the Drag and Drop capability (in WSS 2.0 or WSS 3.

Asked By PaulLiebran
09-Apr-07 05:52 PM
If you want the Drag and Drop capability (in WSS 2.0 or WSS 3.0) you can use
the Explorer View.

You would open two explorer views for the source and destination, and then
drag and drop between them.

Or you can simply open one, right-click the document and select copy (or
move) and then navigate to the destination and right-click and select paste.

You can also access your SharePoint environment via UNC
(\\wss.company.com\sites\site1 for example).

Corvin666 on Fri, 14 Nov 2014 03:51:06


Explorer view is so bugged!

It's been incredibly frustrating in ShP 2007, 2010 and 2013. It's incredibly slow and sometimes just doesn't work throwing errors at me. 

mlourenco on Mon, 06 Mar 2017 18:23:19


Drag and drop folders use the content and structure .  create a new folder where you want it to appear.  click the folder you want to move check all the documents you want to move.  Select actions and move select the folder you want to move the documents to and click ok.  everything is moved and it keeps all of the history of the documents

Yes but keep in mind that this method is extremely annoying and time consuming. Because if you have a folder inside a folder, inside a folder... you have to create all the folders in the destination and them copy all the files inside each folder to its destination, sharepoint doesn't allow to move folders recursively (and i'm not talking about document libraries....)

I can't belive that sharepoint haven't got a simplier way to do this without losing any history and file info and so.