This is the option that I want to change via Powershell

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Adding to Robert's answer, which is correct for SharePoint online environment , if you have 2013 On Premise environment, you can use the below code:

$web = Get-SPWeb "https://sharepoint/sites/blog"
write-host $web.Properties["ms-blogs-skinid"]
$web.Properties["ms-blogs-skinid"] = 1

Valid values for ms-blogs-skinid: 0,1,2

Also, in case its SharePoint online and you dont want to use PnP, use it as below:

$SiteUrl = "https://tenant.sharepoint.com/teams/blog"
$context = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ClientContext($SiteUrl)
$context.Credentials = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.SharePointOnlineCredentials($credential.UserName, $credential.Password)
$web = $context.Site.RootWeb
$props =  $web.AllProperties
$web.AllProperties["ms-blogs-skinid"] = "0";  # use 1 or 2 based on your requirement 
  • Thank you! I have been looking for an answer for quite a while now. – Yashwanth Rao Nov 24 '16 at 6:40
  • welcome ! Glad i could help :) – Gautam Sheth Nov 24 '16 at 6:41
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    actually, my solution works just fine on premises also, just donwload the correct MSI: SharePointPnPPowerShell2013.msi – Robert Wagenaar Nov 24 '16 at 7:48

First install the Dev PnP Powershell tools:


Choose the correct MSI for your environment:

  • SharePoint 2013 on Premise: SharePointPnPPowerShell2013.msi
  • SharePoint 2016 on Premise: SharePointPnPPowerShell2016.msi
  • SharePoint 2013 online: SharePointPnPPowerShellOnline.msi

Then use the following Powershell commands (don't forget to fill in the correct values for the two variables in the first two lines of the script):

$SitecollectionUrl = "https://yourhostname/sites/test"
$RelativePathToBlogSite = "/sites/test/blog"

connect-sponline $SitecollectionUrl
$web = get-pnpweb $RelativePathToBlogSite
Set-PnPPropertyBagValue -web $web -key ms-blogs-skinid -Value 1


  • 0 = Basic
  • 1 = Boxed
  • 2 = Inline
  • Thanks! I will keep this in mind while moving to SharePoint Online. – Yashwanth Rao Nov 24 '16 at 6:41
  • this works just fine on SharePoint on Premises too. Just download the On premises version of the tools: SharePointPnPPowerShell2013.msi – Robert Wagenaar Nov 24 '16 at 7:47
  • Sure i will take a look. – Yashwanth Rao Nov 24 '16 at 10:13
  • I can recommend it, it's very powerful and basically the only tool I ever use nowadays for doing Powershell with SharePoint – Robert Wagenaar Nov 24 '16 at 10:52

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