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Copy and Move Content

Copying a file or a folder creates an exact replica of it. You can copy the file or folder to the same location, but the item's name is changed to add "Copy of" to the beginning. If you copy the item to a new location, the name of the item or folder remains the same. If the name of the copied file or folder matches the name of a file or folder in the destination location, the Content Collection will prompt you to confirm an overwrite.

You can select multiple files and folders to copy, making it easy to share content between folders.

Moving folders and files changes the item's location. You can select multiple items and folders to move. This makes it easy to transport large batches of content to new locations.


Permissions

To copy an item, you need read and write permission for the file and its destination folder. To move an item, you need read, write, and remove permissions for the file and the folders you are moving the content between.


Copy a file or folder

  1. In the Content Collection, go to the folder that contains the file or folder you want to copy.
  2. Select the check box next to the item and select Copy. You can also access the Copy option in the item's menu.
  3. Enter the path to the destination folder or select Browse to locate and select the destination folder.
  4. Select the check box to replace items in the destination that share the same name as any items you're copying into the destination.
  5. Select Submit.

Move a file or folder

  1. In the Content Collection, go to the folder that contains the file or folder you want to move.
  2. Select the check box next to the item and select Move. You can also access the Move option in the item's menu.
  3. Enter the path to the destination folder or select Browse to locate and select the destination folder.
  4. Select the check box to replace items in the destination that share the same name as any items you're copying into the destination.
  5. Select Submit.


Unique ID tool

In previous releases of Learn, external links to the Content Collection files and folders were stored as absolute paths in the database. The problem was that every time these files or folders were moved, the link would break and prevent the user from finding the item.

The Unique ID tool prevents links from breaking when items are moved in the Content Collection. Each item is given a unique ID that never changes, even if the item is moved within the Content Collection. By having a link that refers to the item's ID instead of absolute path, links don't break when the items moves.

This tool can be run more than once in case problems occur.

The system can generate a log file with this tool that shows broken links that could not be reconciled with a Content Collection item.

Use the UniqueID the tool with a log file

  1. From the command line, execute the following command to run the tool and generate a log file: updatecspathtoxythosid > path/filename.txt

    Path is the folder where the log file should be placed, and filename should be the name of the log file.

  2. Press Enter.