We are trying to copy the default Pages and Documents to another SharePoint subsite. In SharePoint online there is no option to make a template of these. In SharePoint Designer, we were able to make a template of the default Pages list, but it did not show up when creating a new App.

  • What is your use-case? I do not see the point in copying the 'default' as you can deploy a new library which contains the defaults.
    – user6024
    Jun 4, 2020 at 17:42
  • We are trying to copy the contents of a Pages list to a new site while still keeping the metadata attached to the files. Jun 5, 2020 at 16:12

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You can save the library/list as a template then create instances from sub-site:

Turn to classical UI then add an app, you will be able to find the corresponding templates.

  • As I stated in my question, SharePoint does not allow for the creation of Templates from these default libraries. Jun 5, 2020 at 16:12

You can use Export-PnPListToProvisioningTemplate and then apply the contents using Apply-PnPProvisioningTemplate.

You can do this in an automated fashion by creating an Azure Automation runbook and calling that from a Power Automate Flow using an HTTP action.

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