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Moving Files and Folders

To increase security and reduce risk, Stanford is sunsetting its AFS service for web hosting and file storage. While you can still access AFS using your valid Stanford SUNetID, there are more secure web hosting platforms and document management solutions to which you should transition.

To reduce the use of AFS, UIT has taken these actions:

  • UIT no longer automatically provisions new faculty and staff members with AFS user volumes. New faculty or staff who need a personal user volume must submit a Help request.
    • This change does not impact existing AFS directories or the process for adding permissions for new individuals to those existing directories. Your existing space and everything in it remains intact.
    • This change does not impact auto-provisioning of new AFS user volumes for students and postdocs.

    See New Process for Provisioning AFS User Volumes for more information.

  • All user, dept, and group AFS volumes must be renewed annually or they will be locked, archived, and permanently deleted as detailed in the AFS Volume Expiration Policy.

You cannot move files and folders within your directory the way you can on your computer—by dragging and dropping them. Instead, you must copy (or cut) and paste them. You can copy (or cut) and paste individual files as well as folders that contain other folders and/or files.

  1. Navigate to the directory that contains the files and/or folders that you want to move. You can move multiple files and folders at the same time.
  2. Select the items you want to move by checking the check boxes next to them, then clicking either Copy Selected Item(s) or Cut Selected Item(s).

      Checkbox and Cut and Copy links

    Note: The check mark next to the item you selected will disappear after you click the link.
  3. Navigate to the folder where you want to move the item, that is, to the folder where you will paste it.
  4. With that folder open, click Paste to This Folder.

      Paste link

  5. The item will appear in the list of items for the folder you have open.

      Paste link
Last modified December 9, 2015