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SharePoint Online: How to Move a Folder using PowerShell?

Requirement:  Move a Folder to Another Library or Another Site in SharePoint Online.

How to Move a Folder in SharePoint Online?
Moving a folder in SharePoint Online modern experience is quite simple.
  • Navigate to your SharePoint Online library >> Select the Folder to move
  • From the Toolbar, Click on "Move to" button
  • Select the destination location you want a move the folder. You can even choose a different site collection or subsite. Use "Browse Sites" to see a full list of sites that you can move to.
    sharepoint online move folder powershell
  • You can also create a new folder in the destination. Click on "Move here" button to start moving the folder.
    sharepoint online move a folder
This moves the folder with all its files to the selected destination. Please note, the "Move To" is not available in SharePoint Online classic experience.

SharePoint Online: Move folder using PowerShell
We can also use PowerShell to move a folder in SharePoint Online. Lets move folder up a level.
#Load SharePoint CSOM Assemblies
Add-Type -Path "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\16\ISAPI\Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.dll"
Add-Type -Path "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\16\ISAPI\Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Runtime.dll"

#Function to Move a Folder
Function Move-SPOFolder([String]$SiteURL, [String]$FolderSourceURL, [String]$FolderTargetURL )
{
    Try{
        #Setup the context
        $Ctx = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ClientContext($SiteURL)
        $Ctx.Credentials = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.SharePointOnlineCredentials($Cred.Username, $Cred.Password)
    
        #Move the Folder
        $MoveCopyOpt = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.MoveCopyOptions
        #$MoveCopyOptions.KeepBoth = $False
        [Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.MoveCopyUtil]::MoveFolder($Ctx, $FolderSourceURL, $FolderTargetURL, $MoveCopyOpt)
        $Ctx.ExecuteQuery()

        Write-host -f Green "Folder Moved Successfully!"
    }
    Catch {
    write-host -f Red "Error Moving the Folder!" $_.Exception.Message
    }
}

#Set Config Parameters
$SiteURL="https://crescent.sharepoint.com/"
$FolderSourceURL="https://crescent.sharepoint.com/ProjectDocs/Active/2018"
$FolderTargetURL="https://crescent.sharepoint.com/ProjectDocs/2018"

#Get Credentials to connect
$Cred= Get-Credential

#Call the function to Move the Folder
Move-SPOFolder $SiteURL $FolderSourceURL $FolderTargetURL
Similarly, You can move a folder to another folder, another library or even another site or site collection. The same methods described above are applicable when you want to Copy a folder in SharePoint Online!
SharePoint Online: How to Move a Folder using PowerShell? SharePoint Online: How to Move a Folder using PowerShell? Reviewed by Salaudeen Rajack on June 30, 2017 Rating: 5

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