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If you've ever needed to move a large number of documents into a SharePoint library or libraries then you've wished that you had the ability to use drag and drop. Now in some settings you already do. You can open Windows Explorer and use it. Sometimes you're allowed to do that and sometimes you aren't based on your own permissions and the permissions that are set up for the site by the administrator or owner. But with SharePoint 2013 you can actually drag and drop files all the time. It's just a little bit trickier than it seems like, because you'll find for every document app or every document library it places this drag file here you might wonder how would I drag anything here.
Well, it helps to remember that your Windows' windows, your Windows Explorer's windows actually are living on the desktop. So the first thing that we need to do is get out of this view formerly called Metro view and get into a desktop view of our browser so that we can drag one item on a desktop to another item on the desktop. The easy way to do that is just to right- click and to open up the Page tools and choose View on the desktop. Now when I click what's going to happen is this page will remain.
When I want to get back to it, it'll be really easy. And a new browser session will be set up with this window in it. Here we go. Here I am in my new window. It looks a lot like my old window, but because I'm on the desktop I can now access any kind of drive that I wish. So I can grab something from my computer. In this particular case I want to grab something out of a file that's on a USB drive. So I'm going to open it up. These are items that are going into this document library. I've already done some organization of these items.
So I'm simply using the USB to move them around. I want to select them all and then I'm going to drag them and notice as I drag them to get a Drop here area that opens up. That won't happen unless I've opened the browser on the desktop. Go ahead and click and let's watch what's happening. I already had one document that I'd moved here and now I have 0 of 3 complete. I have a progress bar that tells me that these are actually been copied. Even if it says moved because I am dragging between two different drives.
It's going to make a copy. Each of these has a little cycling going on. It's almost done now. Here are my new documents and it says the Upload is completed 3 documents have been added. And this Dismiss is to dismiss this message that lets me know that the job has been done. So I can come back and say, "Oh, yup. Those we're all uploaded." That's a great thing. So I'm going to go ahead and dismiss this message. Now as I said it's really easy for me to get back to that other window because in fact, it's still open.
If I just go ahead and close this browser window here and go back to Windows 8, click on Internet Explorer. Here I am right where I was before. But of course I have one more thing that I need to do. Which is I'm going to need to refresh this page so that it can show me the document library as it exists now with the new items that I dragged in. So dragging and dropping items: a very, very easy way to populate your picture libraries and your document libraries as long as you remember to use the Page Settings to go ahead and view this page on the Windows desktop.
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