How would I move a collection from my library to a group library?

I have already made my own collection in my library, I want to move all the files to a group library. How can I do this.
  • Drag it from one library to the other.
  • This does not seem to actually work. For one, if you have a lot of folders and group libraries it's very difficult to copy from "My Library" to "Group Libraries". If there was a way to see Sub-Collections in the middle window, like Windows Explorer or Finder, then it would be easier. As of now, you can see nothing there except for references that are not in a subcollection but just in the top level collection. Wish this weren't the case. Treat subcollections like subfolders in a desktop OS.

    But if you do drap and drop, the Group Library seems to lose the subcollection folder structure from the My Library folder. It's just a bunch of loose references. And it syncs very slowly. You seem to have to drag a subcollection at a time. And if you do drag a subcollection, it does not transfer the subcollections within it. Therefore, there seems to be no way to maintain the carefully crafted folder structure from a My Library collection to Group Library. Does this happen to other people? Am I doing something wrong?

    Suggestions/Requests

    - Make drag and drop keep exactly the same structure.
    - Group libraries need collections and subcollections. Each one should be treated conceptually as a shared "My Library". Sorry if that isn't clear but I think it should be consistent.
    - Ideally, there should be a way for users to sync from a collection or subcollection in My Library to a Group Library collection or subcollection. That way there isn't a drag and drop process at all. Maintaining the same files between both is importatn.
  • For one, if you have a lot of folders and group libraries it's very difficult to copy from "My Library" to "Group Libraries".
    It works the same as dragging anywhere else in the same long list in any similar program. Start the drag, scroll (with your trackpad or scroll wheel), and then drop. You can also drag off the bottom of the list, which will scroll the list, but that's a bit less precise.

    For accessibility reasons, we'll likely add a way to copy a collection to another library without using drag and drop in a future version.
    But if you do drap and drop, the Group Library seems to lose the subcollection folder structure from the My Library folder.
    That certainly shouldn't happen. Dragging a collection should copy all child collections and items.

    The one exception is that, currently, if you've already dragged a collection, you can't drag it again to apply changes without deleting the target version. That and other similar issues will be addressed in an upcoming version.

    If you think you can reproduce this, you can create a test group and provide a Debug ID for a drag that doesn't copy collections.
    Group libraries need collections and subcollections.
    I don't know what you mean by that. Group libraries can certainly have collections and subcollections — they're exactly like a shared personal library in most respects.
  • Thank you that worked, the problem earlier that my Group Library wasn't showing up in my Zotero, but now it is!
  • edited 14 days ago
    I have a similar problem: trying to copy paste single items from my private library into a group library drag and drop does not work, the "copy" option is greyed out, and the only work around is to export as bibtex and re-import. (don't need to copy attached pdfs) any hint what could be the reason?
  • @margaretha: You can't currently copy/paste. You have to drag between the libraries, as I say above.

    If you've already dragged the item to the target library and want to copy an updated version, you currently need to delete the item in the target library and empty the trash, and then drag again. (This will be improved in a future version.)
  • the point is that i couldn't drag either (sorry in fact dragging from a private to a group library it's copying not cutting/pasting, that's why I was talking about copying.
    the fact is that some items can be dragged, and others not, although they are not in the target library.
  • I think the only two possible reasons would be that 1) the item was already in the target library (possibly, in the trash, though I think Zotero will move it out of there automatically) or 2) you're trying to drag an attachment (rather than a regular item) to a library for which you don't have file editing privileges.
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