How to Enable-Disable Comments in SharePoint Online List?

The new comments feature introduced in SharePoint Online modern lists allows users to comment on SharePoint Online list items.

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Disable Comments in SharePoint Online List Items

Although comments in SharePoint Online list items is a great new feature, in some scenarios you may want to hide it! E.g. It may cause confusion for end-users of lists that already have a comments field.

How to disable list comments at the tenant level using PowerShell?

To disable list item comments globally at the tenant level, Login as a SharePoint Admin/Global Admin and use the Set-SPOTenant PowerShell cmdlet with CommentsOnListItemsDisabled parameter.

#Connect to SharePoint Online
Connect-SPOService -Url https://crescent-admin.sharepoint.com

#Disable comments on list items
Set-SPOTenant -CommentsOnListItemsDisabled $True

This PowerShell disables comments on all lists tenant-wide (not for specific sites). To enable the comments back, use:

#Enable comments on list items
Set-SPOTenant -CommentsOnListItemsDisabled $False
If you get “Set-SPOTenant : A parameter cannot be found that matches parameter name ‘CommentsOnListItemsDisabled’.” error, You have to update your PowerShell module for SharePoint Online! More info here: How to update SharePoint Online PowerShell Module?

SharePoint Online: Disable comments at list level

To disable comments in the SharePoint Online list, do the following:

  • Go to your SharePoint list >> Click on the settings gear icon >> Select List settings
  • on the List Settings page, click on “Advanced”
  • Under the “Comments” section, set the “Allow comments on list items?” to Yes or “No” according to your requirement.
    enable-disable comments in sharepoint online list
  • Click on OK to save the changes.

This turns off comments in the SharePoint Online list.

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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