Hi, so far, you can only move documents. But I want to move folders as well.
Moving and copying folders in Teams (SPO Sites) is badly broken when using the SPO portal 'Move To' and 'Copy To' options. This article describes common issues and has a link mentioning data loss (files end up in SPO Site's Recycle Bin) and also sums up our experiences so far:
The process is clunky at best, and dangerous at worst, as files may be lost along the way, escecially if the move/copy crosses SPO Sites, e.g. between private & standard Teams channels, or between Teams.
I logged a call with Microsoft Support for this as I was struggling to believe that end users can't move/copy files without loss/failure/delay etc.
The outcome was that the support rep said that Microsoft don't recommend using the 'Move To' feature and we should use 'Copy To' instead, should only copy small no's of files and small data size, and once copied we should then check all files are present before deleting from source, including checking Site Settings>Storage Metrics to compare folder size usage.
Checking Storage Metrics is virtually pointless, as on that page it clearly states "Total size includes any versions and metadata associated with the file" which means copied data can't be compared as the source also includes versioning data and the destination doesn't, and the data can't even be relied upon as it also states "Data shown on this page may not be up-to-date, future visits to this page may contain more accurate results". HOW IS THAT PRACTICAL FOR END USERS? :-|
It's also unreliable regardless of whether few/many files, large/small files, Win10/Mac clients, high/low bandwidth etc.
It's still not ideal, but if you sync your commonly used channels with file explorer you can just drag and drop like any other drive. Seems like it should be a basic function though.
Dane S commented
The feature is accessible, though only through SharePoint, follow directions from Steve B. below...
Everyone seems to be shouting for this basic functionality - I've not seen any replies from Microsoft. Are they listening, or is this area just for disgruntled users to blow off stream? As a user of computers since the 1980s, I'm feeling that user interface development (generally) is going backwards. I was fine with explorer and a file structure I could control. Now everything feels fragmented and it takes twice as long to do the basics.
What about moving folders from Standard Channels to Private Channels. Can't believe something as standard as moving a folder is not available.
At this point, I can't accept the "well, just do it in SharePoint" as the solution. A good portion of Teams' user base are companies that have wanted to get away from SharePoint for one reason or another. To have something as simple as moving a folder in Teams not available, b/c you still have to require action in the SharePoint page behind the scenes, is completely asinine...especially, at this point in Teams development. I can't say I'm surprised though...SharePoint has always had an issue when dealing with folders in general, which is just ridiculous when you think about it
Thanks Steve B, very clear!
I am also a bit surprised that we have to go through Sharepoint to do something that basic... For a "one-stop-shop", Microsoft Teams is not very user friendly.
Steve B commented
You can move whole folders. It just has to be in SharePoint. See below...
* Open the Files Tab in your Team Channel
* Find the Folder you want to move in Teams
* Click the ellipsis (...) in the middle of the line and click Open in SharePoint
* You now see the contents of that folder, but if you look directly above the files, you see Grey Text. It starts "Documents". You now see all the documents in this Team - separated by the Channels. You can now click each part like a web page to navigate.
* OK in our case, click up one level to see the folder you wanted to move.
* Again, Click the ellipsis in the middle and select Move To
OR Select more than one folder and file combination by clicking the circles at the start of each item to add more, then click the ellipsis and select Move To
* The right pane now opens and gives you options to Move to
* Click Current Library to move to a different Channel in your Team
* Click any other Team to move it to another Team - you can even select the Channel in that new Team
* Even Click OneDrive to move back into your own OneDrive folder
Hope that helps
I wish I could move folders. The present system suggests that original folder locations must remain in place forever. This cannot serve my team's purpose.
You have to do it directly in Sharepoint. Annoying, but it works.
Weirdly, when you select "move", it "copies".
It's cray to have to plug a channel into OneDrive for the sole purpose of moving a folder. OMG, Come on, guys, it's 2020.
This REALLY needs to be implemented. Especially when working on large projects with numerous files that are constantly changed and updated. We need control of the file structure out side of syncing the whole project with our local computers.
I am not sure why this was not standard in development.
Anne Herholdt commented
I need to be able to move folders to keep an overview! Please develop this function.
I have been using Teams now for a year and still find Folder management to be a Nightmare and TIME consuming . . .I know that Teams is still relatively new BUT Folder management is a BASIC function and should have been addressed already . . . I do not see any development plans to adders this in their road-map . . .PLEASE fix this ..
It doesn't even work when the folder is opened in in SharePoint. If I "Move" most things come across but some get left behind - and then the original folder stays there - deleting a folder is a nightmare - I have to drill down to file level and delete the files in each folder before that folder can be deleted. Honestly, how much time do you think I have to faff around with files??
Please give us a timeline on this. It make a huge difference as to how useless or usable Teams is
sorry, didn't mean to be anonymous, but now cant change
Wife In The South commented
Hi there similarly I am new to Teams and struggling with its 'clunkiness'. Please can we get an idea of a timeline for a fix on the moving folders issues as it is extremely frustrating.
This software is terrible. Why can't we do this. I miss SharePoint.
Peter Bech-Lutzka commented
Not intuitive from a user perspective at all. Having to open SharePoint is really an issue for end users, not necessary familiar with SharePoint.
Lesley Mostert commented
This is a huge issue. If I want to move a folder with nested folders I need the whole lot to come across seamlessly