I am trying to copy several tasks from one list to another and I can't seem to find a way to do it. I've seen other questions (like this one) with the answer being to save the list as a template. I have tried doing that but when I go to add a new Task List there is no option to use the template.

What am I missing?

  • With having the list templates, you can create new list by using that saved template. But you can not copy the items.
    – Hardik
    Jun 6, 2016 at 19:38
  • but how do I use the template to create a list. I go to Add an App and select Task List, but it just creates a standard Task List (not one based on my saved template)
    – ahoff
    Jun 6, 2016 at 19:40
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    No you need to select the template which you have created insted of the Task list in Add an App.
    – Hardik
    Jun 6, 2016 at 19:41
  • Thank you, I just found that. It didn't occur to me that the template would be listed as an App. I feel stupid for not noticing that. EDIT - just created the app using the template and the new task list was created with the contents of the previous one used as a template
    – ahoff
    Jun 6, 2016 at 19:42
  • I posted few more steps to do the same tasks. BTW you can check those as well. I am sure it will help you.
    – Hardik
    Jun 6, 2016 at 19:43

2 Answers 2


Method #1 : Template

  • This method requires you to save an existing list as Template

    You can then include all the List Items in the Template:

  • Then (from Site Contents) create a new list from that saved template
    As it includes All Items, You have to delete the unwanted items by hand

Method #2 : Clone item

Alternatively, by adding some JavaScript code to every ListItem (with a Calculated Column or Client-Side-Rendering) you can add a button to clone (copy/create) a ListItem to another List.

This SO answer: Set default values in new controls on custom form shows how to clone within One List; you have to add the code to reference another List when creating the Item


You can copy Task list items in several ways

Copy SharePoint list items from one site to another programmatically

Copy item from one list to another, using SharePoint designer workflow

Also, you can copy list items using Site Content and Structure located on page http:///_layouts/sitemanager.aspx

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