When you drag and drop single / multiple files into a document set / library, SharePoint just add values to the required fields and a check the file out.

I've tried to use quick edit but it does not work to change content type. The only way is to edit properties and then check it in.

Is there a quicker way to change content type on a single file?

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    I'm looking for a way to automate the updating of thousands of documents from legacy content types to a new format. Are there 3rd party tools that can do this? Does anyone have scripts to share that can do this? Thanks! Commented Jun 14, 2017 at 17:54
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No other way around.

Each content type has its own set of fields. Quick edit don't have the flexibility to switch fields dynamically based on the selected content type.

  • The only other ways are to use PowerShell or a third party tool like Sharegate. They have an incredible support and development team. :D
    – Chiramisu
    Commented Jan 6, 2018 at 0:20

Could you just create a new document library with only the one content type available and move the files into the new library? That should change them all at once, no?


You can also change the content-type by Javascript REST:

// item = { __metadata: {type: SP.Data.xxxListItem }, ContentTypeId: "0x1234123421341234"} 
function UpdateListItem(listName, itemId, item) {
    return jQuery.ajax({
        url: encodeURI(_spPageContextInfo.webServerRelativeUrl + "/_api/web/lists/getbytitle('" + listName + "')/items(" + itemId + ")"),
        type: "POST",
        data: JSON.stringify(item),
        headers: {
            "Accept": "application/json; odata=verbose",
            "Content-Type": "application/json;odata=verbose",
            "X-RequestDigest": $("#__REQUESTDIGEST").val(),
            "X-HTTP-Method": "MERGE",
            "If-Match": "*"

You can assign this function to a button or something, or the other way is to create a flow with trigger when item created, and send similar http request to sharepoint to update the content-type

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