I have a Document Set in a O365 Groups Team Site collection that I would like to drag and drop to another document library in a Hub Site that the Groups site is associated with - via Windows Explorer / Finder.

This partly works in Finder, however the Document Set is converted to a Folder - on Windows Explorer I cannot get it to work at all.

Is this even possible? how can I allow users to move a document set from one library to another?

This is in SharePoint Online using Modern Sites (from an Office365 Group) associate to a Hub Site.



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This solution works only in IE (Internet explorer) browser. Go to the SharePoint library click the library tab and the use "Open with Explorer" button and then you should be able to do drag and drop to the other SP site. both libraries needs to be opened in with windows explorer. Hope this will help.

  • I guess it would be a good idea to verify that the Document Set feature is activated on the target site collection Jun 15, 2019 at 9:23
  • I'm using SharePoint Online and Modern Sites, so there is no "Open with Explorer" button.
    – Ushka
    Jun 17, 2019 at 14:23
  • With IE, there is an option for "Open with explorer" in SharePoint Online modern site. Does not work with any other browser (maybe not even with Edge).
    – Abhishek
    Dec 4, 2019 at 13:38

It seems to be by default. When we open a library with document sets in Windows Explorer, the document sets will be showed as Folder.

To copy content across site collections, I suggest you use a third party tool to achieve it, it will be easy. Maybe you can try ShareGate.

  • I need a solution for business users not IT. Does ShareGate allow business users to easily move Document Sets from one Site Collection Document Library to another?
    – Ushka
    Jun 18, 2019 at 4:31
  • As I know, in general, ShareGate is used for Administrator. For normal users to move across site collections, I suggest you use Folder instead of Document set.
    – Kally_MSFT
    Jun 18, 2019 at 8:33
  • The whole point of using the Document Set is so the user can enter metadata once, and then drop in bulk documents into the document set, so all the documents inherit the metadata entered at the Document Set level.. in other words, Users enter metadata once and its bulk applied to lots of documents... Folders do not provide this bulk metadata ability.
    – Ushka
    Jul 10, 2019 at 20:52

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