Announcing File Copy/Move for SharePoint Modern Document Libraries
Published Aug 10 2016 03:14 PM 45.6K Views

Following on the announcements we made at our May 4th Future of SharePoint event, we’re happy to announce that we’ve begun the first phase of our rollout for copying and moving files between SharePoint and OneDrive.


Modern file management is built on top of modern document libraries, now fully rolled out to production. We know that many modern information workers begin content creation inside One Drive for Business, and then need to publish more finished content to a wider audience on a SharePoint team site.


Initially, you’ll be able to copy files from OneDrive for Business to destinations in SharePoint or OneDrive. Once you select a file inside OneDrive, you’ll see the Copy to option appear on the command bar. Copy to uses intelligence from the Microsoft Graph to display about your most frequently used sites, along with the option to browse to sites you’re following, as well as other locations within OneDrive.


File Copy destination panel

Modern Copy/Move works for both modern and classic experiences on target team site document libraries.  You can copy single files, multiple files, or whole folders, preserving metadata.


Today, there are two notable restrictions. At this point, each copy operation between OneDrive and SharePoint is limited to a maximum size of 50MB. If a user tries to copy a larger amount of data to SharePoint, they will be reminded that large file copies can only use the current OneDrive as a target. Also, files can be copied from OneDrive to SharePoint, but not yet from team site to team site.




We have more plans to enhance the Copy/Move functions in the coming months:

  • Adding support for all file sizes, beyond today’s 50MB limit.  (We know the vast majority of files in OneDrive are below this limit today.)
  • Copy files among SharePoint team sites. 
  • Finally, we will also add the ability to move files, as well as copy files, among SharePoint Team sites as well as OneDrive sources.

Although this is an early version of these personal content management enhancements, we’re happy to start extending these capabilities to all information workers. Our rollout will start in August for First Release tenants, and will then proceed to full production over the coming weeks. Once this goes live, users will see “balloon help” inside OneDrive to alert them to the new capability.



More information

Please visit our support article “Copy files and folders from One Drive for Business to a SharePoint site” for more detailed technical information. And please share your feedback here on the Office 365 Network or on Thank you.

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