Copy files and folders from #OneDrive for Business to a #SharePoint site

This week Microsoft announced the first phase of rollout for copying and moving files between SharePoint and OneDrive.

In Office 365, you’ll be able to copy files from OneDrive for Business to destinations in SharePoint or OneDrive, but not yet from team site to team site.

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.


Though there are current limitations to the copy command:

  • Each copy operation between OneDrive and SharePoint is limited to a maximum size of 50MB.
  • To enable copy scripting must be turned off for personal sites. If scripting is turned on for personal sites in your organisation (by default this was on for Office 365 tenants created prior to November 2014), the Copy command is restricted to copying within your OneDrive.
    As a good practice to prevent cross-site scripting attacks and more importantly to enable the new copy command as described above, you (or your SharePoint Online Administrator or Office 365 Administrator) can choose the option “Prevent users from running custom script on personal sites.” within SharePoint Admin Centre settings area.

As expected, Microsoft is planning to add more features:

  • 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.

You can share your feedback on the Office 365 Network or on

Chirag is an Independent Consultant at Patel Consulting, BCS Chartered IT Professional, TOGAF Certified Architect, Microsoft Certified Solution Expert (Productivity, Data Management and Analytics) and Microsoft Service Adoption specialist based in London, UK with more than 20 years of industry experience. He works with a wide variety of clients in many sectors, designing and implementing business collaboration, data and information management solutions and services based on SharePoint and Office 365 technologies to create business value for both themselves and their customers, including UK Microsoft Gold Partners with deployment, upgrade and migration services delivery. Chirag is an active SharePoint community participant, frequent speaker at local and international events including SharePoint Saturdays (London, Cambridge, Brussels, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, UK, EMEA, India) and Collab365. In 2011, for his valuable contributions to Microsoft TechNet forums he received a Microsoft Community Contributor Award. In his little spare time he enjoys cycling, cricket and participating in Charity bike rides and Duathlons. You can follow Chirag on Twitter at @techChirag and find him online at

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