Transferring Documents From SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2013

This document will show users how to transfer their documents from SharePoint 2007 into the new SharePoint 2013 in Office 365.

Note before you begin: You must put your SharePoint 2007 site in both your trusted sites and in compatibility mode to use Explorer view. You also MUST be using Internet Explorer, in version 10 or below. Otherwise, you will not see the Explorer option.

To Add a Site into your Trusted Sites -
To Add a Site into Compatibility View -

To Copy Off Old Site:
1. Go to the Old Site’s document library, or "All Site Content." This will be located on the left hand side of your screen.

2. Open one document folder (doesn’t matter which one). In this instance, I opened the first folder I saw, Administration. The path can be seen at the top of the page.

3. In the “Actions” option at the top of the page, select “Open with Windows Explorer.”

4. This will bring up a new window and your folder contents should show up. Go up a folder. For example: the folder path in this example is Network > website name > all documents > administration folder. I want to click on the "Shared Documents" folder to bring up ALL the content.

5. Copy everything in that folder by highlighting all the documents (select first item, hold shift, select last item) and paste it into a new folder you created in Windows Explorer to be transferred into SharePoint 2013. Don’t close this window. You will need it later.
a. I suggest naming this folder after the website it is coming from, something you can easily remember. This is mostly for backup purposes.
b. NOTE: Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer are NOT the same thing. Windows explorer is where you store all your computer's documents and data.

To Transfer into SharePoint 2013:
1. First, if you are transferring documents into the main part of your site, click on the "documents" tab. This may be located at either the left hand side of your screen, or along the top. If you are adding documents from a subsite from 2007, you must first create a subsite. This can be done by clicking on the "Site Contents" link on either the left hand side of your screen, or along the top. Once you are in the Contents page, scroll to the bottom and you will see "+new subsite" as shown below. Click this to create a new subsite. 
Note: if your site was set up with subsites already created for you, you will NOT need to create another subsite. Simply open the existing subsite.

2. In your new subsite, go to documents, and create a new folder.

3. In the new folder you just created, click on “library” at the top of the page > select “open with explorer.”

4. Click on the folder you just created and copy the items you saved from the old SharePoint site (your folder from previous set of instructions) and paste into the new SharePoint 2013 folder in explorer. It may take a few minutes to copy, depending on how many files you are transferring over.

5. Once you have completed the transfer, your items should appear in the folder on your SharePoint site.

Note: Depending on the size of the documents and folders you are transferring, this process could take anywhere from an hour to a few days. You can still use your computer in the meantime, and it will not mess with any of your functionality. Just let it run in the background. If you experience error messages or problems transferring your documents, please contact the service center at

Keywords:sharepoint, 2007, 2013, office 365, o365, transfer, archive, move, subsite, site   Doc ID:51347
Owner:Tia D.Group:UW-Extension and Colleges
Created:2015-05-13 10:39 CDTUpdated:2015-11-20 10:42 CDT
Sites:UW-Extension and Colleges
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