With SharePoint Modern Experience, we’ve features where your SharePoint users can comment on the content of the page if you allow it in all/some areas of your Intranet. They also have a social area where you can see the users that like the page as well how many people visited that particular page. You have also an area where you can submit an idea to improve the SharePoint Online experience. On this article, you’ll understand how to disable/enable these options.
At the moment, the comments can be managed per Tenant, per Site or per Page. There is an interface to disable this feature globally on the Classic SharePoint Admin Center.
Connect-SPOService -Url https://contoso-admin.sharepoint.com # To disable Comments on Site Pages on a Tenant: Set-SPOTenant -CommentsOnSitePagesDisabled $true # To disable Comments on Site Pages on a Site: Set-SPOSite -Identity https://contoso.sharepoint.com/sites/nosocial -CommentsOnSitePagesDisabled $true Note: These commands are not available for Modern Team Sites.
To customize it per page, you place the page in Edit Mode, at the bottom of the page you can disable or enable the comments. However the following limitations can happens depending on your SharePoint configuration.
- If that is not shown means your SharePoint Administrators have disabled this feature for the Tenant.
- If that is shown but you cannot activate that means your SharePoint Administrators have disabled this feature for the Site.
At the moment, the Social Bar can be managed per Tenant and per Site. Important note that the Social Bar will appear on all Modern SharePoint pages with the exception of the Home page of a site. This area is only dismissed by PowerShell.
Connect-SPOService -Url https://contoso-admin.sharepoint.com #To disable Social Bar on a Tenant: Set-SPOTenant -SocialBarOnSitePagesDisabled $true #To disable Social Bar on a Site: Set-SPOSite -Identity https://contoso.sharepoint.com/sites/nosocial -SocialBarOnSitePagesDisabled $true Note: These commands are not available for Modern Team Sites.
The Feedback can be managed only per Tenant. By default, this option is activated so you can contribute with your idea to improve SharePoint.
Connect-SPOService -Url https://contoso-admin.sharepoint.com Set-SPOTenant - UserVoiceForFeedbackEnabled $true
All the Command are using SharePoint Online PowerShell, however, these features are also available with PNP PowerShell and Office 365 CLI. You can work these options accordingly with your requirement for SharePoint online and how you want your user to interact with SharePoint.
The commenting function is bound to the social bar even though these are very different things. So you can’t have one without the other which renders the CommentsOnSitePagesDisabled cmdlet pointless. Any ideas how to allow comments but disable the social bar at the site level?
These features are connected so you can either have both or none. I would recommend adding this request to the SharePoint user voice.