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Import Files and Folders to SharePoint with SharePoint Designer

A SharePoint Online tutorial by Peter Kalmström

SharePoint iconFolders can not be uploaded or dragged into SharePoint document libraries in the same way as files. When you want to upload a whole folder to a SharePoint library, you can instead use SharePoint Designer or open the library in Windows Explorer. Also files can be uploaded to SharePoint with these two methods.

The SharePoint Designer method is very stable, so we especially recommend it if you need to upload many files or folders to SharePoint.

In the demo below Peter Kalmström, CEO and Systems Designer of kalmstrom.com Business Solutions, explains how to add files and folders to a SharePoint document library using SharePoint Designer 2013. SharePoint 2010 also supports import of files and folders.

Before you try this method, please study the introduction if you have not already done that. It contains some general information about SharePoint file upload that you should be aware of.

This is the process to add files and folders to a SharePoint library with SharePoint Designer 2013.
  1. Open the SharePoint site (that has the document library you want to use) in SharePoint Designer.

    (Refer to the SharePoint Designer demo on how install SharePoint Designer 2013 and how to open a site.)

  2. SharePoint Designer Import Files buttonIn SharePoint Designer, go to the library where you want to add the files or folders.

  3. Click on the 'Import Files' button and then on the 'Add File...'" or "'Add Folder...' button.

  4. Select the files or folder you want to add to the document library.

  5. Click on Open and then OK, and the upload starts.





All metadata is not kept when you transfer files to SharePoint. Learn what is lost and what you can influence in our article about Metadata Retention.



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