Environment: SharePoint online with Modern libraries

I am trying to move document from one document library to another by using "Move to" function available in modern experience for lists and libraries.

In my document library i am having few columns which are managed metadata. When document moved to different document library then it is moving the document with properties like Lookup, Choice, single line of text values but except Managed Metadata column values.

Is there any limitation to Move functionality?

But same thing is working perfectly if I do "Copy to" functionality.

How I can retain the Termstore values when I do the Move to functionality?

  • Are the columns between the two libraries exactly the same? Do they point to the same branch in the same termset?
    – P.G
    Commented Oct 10, 2018 at 14:43
  • Yes true. I have same set of columns and Managed Metadata columns are pointing to same term sets
    – Mihir
    Commented Oct 10, 2018 at 15:30
  • When i use copy to option then it is working fine. But not working with Move to option
    – Mihir
    Commented Oct 10, 2018 at 15:34
  • when i use the Move it doesn't work either, when i use the Copy it sometimes swaps terms during the copy
    – dc2009
    Commented Nov 20, 2018 at 15:22
  • @dc2009 are you sure? we haven't faced that issue. if that is the case that will be a serious issue then
    – Mihir
    Commented Nov 21, 2018 at 10:23

1 Answer 1


You can achieve this by Backup and Restore

Backup site:

Backup-SPSite -Identity "http://sp2103dev/sites/abc/" -Path "C:\MMS\sitetoarchive.bak"

Restore site:

Restore-SPSite -Identity "http://sp2013/sites/xyz" -Path "C:\MMS\sitetoarchive.bak" -force

Migrate SharePoint Managed Metadata to another farm or Service Application http://expert-advice.org/sharepoint/migrate-sharepoint-managed-metadata-to-another-farm/

  • Are you sure this will work in SP online?
    – Mihir
    Commented Oct 11, 2018 at 10:46
  • this will work for on prem SP only, and moves the files from one site collection to another, not to another library
    – dc2009
    Commented Nov 20, 2018 at 15:21

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