Previously I had 10 document folders which I decided to make all subfolders under a Library folder called "Main". Thus, I went into Windows Explorer and coped all 10 folders and files to the Main folder.

I notice now though each subfolder correctly has all the associated files, but all 10 subfolders now contain a folder called "Forms". Can I delete all 10 Forms folders found within each one of these 10 subfolders ?

What is the purpose of this folder called Forms ?


The Forms-folder, as the name and the content suggest, contains all the

  • Forms (for displaying [DispForm.aspx], editing [EditForm.aspx], uploading [Upload.aspx], etc.)
  • Document Template (by default an empty template.dotx)
  • Views (the All Items View [AllItems.aspx], Thumbnails View [Thumbnails.aspx] and some helper Views [repair.aspx, Combine.aspx]).

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Let's say you create a new View for your library and you call that view MyCustomView, then you will find another file in the Forms folder called MyCustomView.aspx containing the definition of your View

The Forms-folder is usually hidden from both, viewing it on the web and in the file explorer and therefore won't be copied when you copy all documents to a new location. I guess you have the Show Hidden Items option activated in your file explorer and thus, you were able to copy the folder.

It is safe to delete the Forms-folder from the subfolders at the NEW location. The Document Library where the files reside now, will use the its own Forms-folder located at the root of it.


Hidden forms folder: SharePoint library has a hidden folder called ‘forms’ where the templates and system forms(.ASPX files) like allitems.aspx, editform.aspx, dispform.aspx etc are stored. This folder is not usually visible. It is a hidden folder. If any user has ‘show hidden files and folders’ enabled in windows explorer, forms folder is visible for them.

Forms Folder Contains

If You delete this document then you wont be able do such task.

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