In a SharePoint 2013 Document Library (version with x.x version enabled!) I have a PDF document, let's call it doc1.pdf which I want to replace by a new version.

The new document I have is called doc2.pdf .

I did not find a way yet to upload doc2.pdf and overwrite doc1.pdf. How can I do that?

It seems that I can only overwrite the existing document, if the new one has the same name as the existing one. ?!

3 Answers 3


Name the file you want to upload doc1.pdf. Go to "Upload" like you are adding a new file to the SharePoint folder. However, make sure the checkbox is selected "Add as a new version to existing files". This will overwrite the current doc1.pdf but keep your versioning.


I know this is not quite an answer you may be looking for, but why not rename doc2.pdf to doc1.pdf and then rename it in SharePoint itself?

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    Thanks! This looks like a very ugly workaround and is quite error-prone... :-(
    – mBBe
    Jul 10, 2014 at 14:39
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    We could do that if SharePoint told us that there was another document in that library with that same name. it doesn't there's the big problem. Thanks
    – user31437
    Jul 10, 2014 at 16:29

To avoid getting rid of data associated with the original file, you can open the file in "Open in Windows Explorer", then you can overwrite the file there. With a PDF, it maintains the ancillary information. CAUTION: It does NOT maintain with .doc files (which is annoying).

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