SharePoint Online: Disable Page Comments in Modern Sites using PowerShell

Requirement: Disable page comments in SharePoint Online Modern Sites and Communication sites.

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How to Disable Page Comments in SharePoint Online?

Modern pages in SharePoint Online have a comments section at the bottom of each page for better collaboration.

Option 1: Disable Comments at the tenant level

Page comments can be turned-off at tenant level by the below settings:

  • Navigate to SharePoint Online Admin Center: https://yourdomain-admin.sharepoint.com 
  • Click on Settings from the left navigation
  • On the Settings page, select “Disable Comments on Site Pages.”
    sharepoint online disable comments
  • Click OK to save your changes.

In modern admin center, This is moved under:

  • Settings >> Pages >> “Allow commenting on modern pages”
    sharepoint online turn off page comments

Wait for a while, the comments section disabled from all pages in the tenant. You can disable comments on modern pages at tenant level using PowerShell as well.

SharePoint Online: Turn off comments by default

Use this PowerShell to disable page comments in SharePoint Online, Tenant-wide:

$AdminCenterURL="https://crescent-admin.sharepoint.com"

#Connect to SharePoint Online
Connect-SPOService -Url $AdminCenterURL -Credential (Get-Credential)

#Disable Comments on Site Pages at Tenant Level
Set-SPOTenant -CommentsOnSitePagesDisabled $True

Option 2: Disable Comments at the Page Level

Comments can be disabled at page level. Here is how:

  • Navigate to the SharePoint Online Site page >>  Edit the page.
  • Turn off the comments by toggle the switch from ON to OFF position and publish the page.
    hide comments in sharepoint online modern page

This disables the comments section in the particular page.

Option 3: Disable Comments in SharePoint Online Pages using PowerShell

This PowerShell script disables the page comments for a given site.

#Load SharePoint CSOM Assemblies
Add-Type -Path "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\16\ISAPI\Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.dll"
Add-Type -Path "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\16\ISAPI\Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Runtime.dll"
 
#Config Parameters
$SiteURL="https://crescent.sharepoint.com/sites/GroupIT"
 
Try {
    #Get Credentials to connect
    $Cred= Get-Credential
 
    #Setup the context
    $Ctx = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ClientContext($SiteURL)
    $Ctx.Credentials = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.SharePointOnlineCredentials($Cred.Username, $Cred.Password)
  
    #Get the Web
    $Web = $ctx.Web
    $Ctx.Load($Web)
    $Ctx.ExecuteQuery()

    #Disable Comments in Site Pages
    $Web.CommentsOnSitePagesDisabled = $True
    $Web.Update()
    $Ctx.ExecuteQuery()
    Write-host -f Green "Page Comments has been disabled Successfully!"
}
Catch {
    write-host -f Red "Error:" $_.Exception.Message
}

Please note, disabling comments doesn’t delete existing comments on pages. It just hides them. Turning ON comments brings the comments back!

PnP PowerShell to Disable Comments on All Pages in a Library

#Parameter
$SiteURL= "https://crescent.sharepoint.com/sites/marketing/2018"
$LibraryName = "SitePages"

#Connect to PnP Online
Connect-PnPOnline -Url $SiteURL -Credentials (Get-Credential)

#Get all Pages from the Library
$Pages = Get-PnPListItem -List $LibraryName

#Loop through each Page 
ForEach($Page in $Pages)
{
    #Disable Comments
    Write-host "Disabling Commnets on page:"$Page["FileLeafRef"]
    Set-PnPClientSidePage -Identity $Page["FileLeafRef"] -CommentsEnabled:$False
}

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!

2 thoughts on “SharePoint Online: Disable Page Comments in Modern Sites using PowerShell

  • June 8, 2021 at 9:57 PM

    Thanks for a great article. I have a script that iterates through all modern sites but I am having a devil of a time preventing the script from running if comments are already disabled. I know we can set the value using $Web.CommentsOnSitePagesDisabled = $True but how can i check the value first? I’ve tried using a variable(i.e. $prop = $Web.CommentsOnSitePagesDisabled but id doesn’t return true (if I know comments are disabled) or false (if I now comments are enabled). Is this possible? TIA 🙂
    ting the script
    $Web.CommentsOnSitePagesDisabled = $True

    Is it possible to identify if a site or page has comments enabled and then disabled it? I can’t seem to get the bool value of

    Reply
  • September 26, 2019 at 4:50 PM

    I wish we could leave comments disabled at the tenant level and selectively enable on individual sites.

    Reply

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