Bring back the "Replace" option for overwriting files
Currently in the modern experience of a Document Library, users cannot copy a file to another document library using the "Copy To" function, if the file has the same name. Up until several weeks ago, when a user would try to do this, a call out window would appear asking the user if they wanted to Replace the existing file in the destination library. If they decided to replace it, the new file would become a new "Version" in the Version History. So no files would be lost.
This functionality was recently removed, and now they have no option, they have to go to the destination library and delete the existing file, then re-copy the new version. Or they have to re-name the new version, going back to the age-old problem of having a library with a hundred different versions of the document saved as different files.
Please bring back the ability to overwrite existing documents!
Somehow this option still exists when you upload a document, but not when you use the Copy To function.
Neelesh Patil commented
Encountered the Replace option missing issue with MS SharePoint Online which is not available with Modern UI template. More over using IE 11 and switching to Classic mode to get this Replace Prompt is a short time solution. More Over IE 11 itself is getting decommissioned by August ,20201 with no support for all applications include Microsoft 365 applications.
Hope Microsoft listens to these comments and bring back these feature in next patch release itself
Tim Horobin commented
This article https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msoffice_sharepoint-mso_win10-mso_o365b/copymove-files-in-sharepoint-only-option-is-keep/9da015ff-1194-400e-87b9-5887c5b13dd5#:~:text=Copy%2FMove%20files%20in%20Sharepoint%20only%20option%20is%20%22Keep,the%20option%20to%20%22Keep%20Both%22%20and%20not%20overwrite.
Bought me here.
Just encountered this and it would have been very useful if it worked as expected. Really need the replace option when copying or moving folders.
This is extremely important for so many business cases. It means that if a user publishes a final document somewhere, then shares a link to that document with someone, then wants to edit the draft and re-publish it using the Copy To function, the original shared link is broken. This completely does away with the "One version of the truth" mantra.
Brooke Richardson commented
People use this at City of Seattle
This post also appears here: https://sharepoint.uservoice.com/forums/329214-sites-and-collaboration/suggestions/30945052-bring-back-the-overwrite-option-when-using-copy-to
Please vote on each others, or combine into one so we can get this viewed and get some more votes.