Hi I need to copy a list item to an archive list. In SPD I tried the 'Copy Item' action. this worked but I lose all versions.

I've tried http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/sharepointcustomizationlegacy/thread/552a0d50-176b-41a6-bd7a-399713924359/ but it does not retain versions either.

Does anyone know of a way round this? Any custom actions out there?


  • Does the list you are copying to have the same version settings? Can you write custom code (server)? There are several tools out there as well. Apr 19, 2013 at 16:49

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Does this need to be automated? Have you tried moving using Site Content and Structure from the Site Settings? (Publishing needs to be turned on).

I just tested this out.

If you Copy using Site Content and Structure it will NOT retain version history.

If you Move using Site Content and Structure then it WILL retain version history.

Make sure BOTH lists have version history turned on and have the same exact columns.

  • hi That has worked, great. I needed it automated, maybe via a workflow. How is this possible? May 17, 2013 at 19:28

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