Office 365 News – Move and Copy files and folders in OneDrive for Business


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Now, finally, we can move and copy files within our OneDrive for Business web GUI

Dokument

Some random document…

Some time, early 2015, Microsoft introduced the ability to move/copy files in OneDrive for Business. This has been one of the major obstacles for using OneDrive for Business as a E1 user without the Office applications installed locally. Or rather, as a Online only user no matter what license. As a long time SHarePoint user and technician, this is a long awaited feature in SHarePoint as well, so now I’m keeping my fingers crossed for this ‘simple’ little feature to appear there as well. (I do not for one second think that this has been easy to implement at all) In addition, the function is quick!

Want to see how it looks and works?

The following table lists the tested and verified behaviour of the Copy/Move functionality in OneDrive for Business:

Action Behavior Notes
Move File(s) Moves the selected file(s) to the designated target container Retains metadata Retains sharing Does not overwrite if filename exists, reports back error
Move Folder(s) Moves the selected folder(s) to the designated target container Recreates a new copy of the folder Retains sharing Does not overwrite if filename exists, reports back error
Copy File(s) Copies the selected file(s) to the designated target container Recreates a new copy of the file(s) with new metadata Does not retain sharing Does not overwrite if filename exists, reports back error
Copy Folder(s) Copies the selected folder(s) to the designated target container Recreates a new copy of the folder with new metadata Does not retain sharing Does not overwrite if filename exists, reports back error
Copy or Move in SharePoint N/A – ‘Send to’ a predetermined location is the closest we get in SharePoint Server or SharePoint Online N/A

How it looks in reality:

Move or Copy a single file

SingleFileMove1

Move or Copy multiple files/folders

MultipleFilesMove1

Select the target, check the ‘Copy’ box if you want to Copy and not Move

MultiMoveDialog

After copying/Moving, you will get a Little reciept in the top right corner

Shared15

Ok

or

SharedCopy

If one or many of the files allready exist at the target, they are not overwritten, not even with a new name or new version. You will instead get a note on this and the result

Error

Now, we all hope for the same in SharePoint! Until it comes, we all to this ‘simple’ feature say: FINALLY!

References and Credits

None at this time…

Credits & many thanks to

Everyone!   SP2013logo

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Enjoy!

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