SharePoint Online: “Save Site as Template” Link Missing? Here is How to Enable!

Problem: “Save Site as Template” option missing in SharePoint Online!

sharepoint online save site as template missing

The “Save Site as Template” option will not be available on Office 365 group connected sites and Communication sites! However, there is another reason why you don’t see the “Save site as Template” link under site settings: Custom script disabled!

How to Enable Save Site as Template in SharePoint Online?

To fix this problem, we need to enable custom scripts. Here is how to fix the save site as template not available issue.

  • Login to SharePoint Online Admin Center
  • Click on Settings from the left navigation >> Scroll down to “Custom Script” section
  • Set “Allow users to run custom script on personal site” and “Allow
    users to run custom script on self-service created sites” options. 
    sharepoint online save site as template error
  • Click on “OK” to save your changes.

This enables the save site as template link. However, this change may take up to 24 hours to reflect. To enable scripting on a particular site collection immediately, use this PowerShell script in SharePoint Online Management Shell.

SharePoint Online save list as template URL:

PowerShell to Fix Save Site as Template Option Missing in SharePoint Online Issue:

Use this PowerShell script to enable custom scripting immediately.

#Config Parameters
#Get Credentials to connect
$Cred = Get-Credential
#Connect to SharePoint Online Tenant Admin
Connect-SPOService -URL $AdminSiteURL -Credential $Cred
#Disable DenyAddAndCustomizePages Flag
Set-SPOSite $SiteURL -DenyAddAndCustomizePages $False

This brings it back to the save site as template option in the SharePoint Online site collection.

save site as template not available in sharepoint online

Please note, the change by PowerShell script can be overridden in the next 24 hours If the settings don’t match in the SharePoint Online Admin center! So make sure you have the same settings (either disable or enable) both in PowerShell and in the SharePoint Online Admin center “Custom Script” section.

Save as Template option is not supported for publishing sites and in sites with publishing server infrastructure feature enabled!

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack is a SharePoint Architect with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. He loves sharing his knowledge and experiences with the SharePoint community, through his real-world articles!

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