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Other than scripting the removal of the Comments and Social footer from a Site Page, is there a way to remove the objects using the GUI?

For reference, here is the SP PNP command I'm using to remove the objects.

Set-SPOSite -Identity $SiteURL -SocialBarOnSitePagesDisabled $True -CommentsOnSitePagesDisabled $True
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  • You can turn off commenting on a page-by-page basis, but I don't think there is a UI yet for turning these on/off for the whole site.
    – willman
    Jan 21, 2020 at 20:39
  • @willman i'm currently testing the idea of making a page template from a page that has been cleaned up. Jan 22, 2020 at 0:21

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Yes, it can be done through the GUI as well - either in each page level or global level from admin center.

Disable the comments footer from admin center (global setting) :

  1. Navigate to Admin Centers by going to App Launcher > Admin
  2. Under Admin Centers, choose SharePoint
  3. Once in SharePoint Admin Center, click on Settings
  4. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the Settings screen to Comments on Site Pages section. By default, comments are enabled on all pages. If you wish to disable, just choose appropriate radio button and click OK

Example: Go to this URL:

https://globalsharepoint2019-admin.sharepoint.com/_layouts/15/online/TenantSettings.aspx

And please do below-highlighted settings:

Comments on Site Pages admin center

Commests settings in admin center2

NOTES:

  • And I think for the social collaboration setting, you can check the "Enterprise Social Collaboration" setting from the same global setting page.

  • This global setting option usually takes 10-20 minutes to take effect on all sites/pages in your tenant

  • Once disabled globally, comments cannot be enabled back by Site Owners or Site Members

  • Just like with previous option, disabling comments globally does not remove the comments history. Once globally enabled, the whole Comments thread will be back!

Disable the comments footer from site page level :

  1. Edit the page by clicking the Editbutton
  2. At the bottom of the page in the Comments section, toggle the switch from On position…

Please refer the below article for the details:

2 ways to disable modern page comments

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  • The settings page is located here: https:// YourSITE- admin.sharepoint.com/_layouts/15/online/TenantSettings.aspx Jan 22, 2020 at 15:25
  • From the Admin center, you have to select Yammer or SP Newsfeed, there's no option to totally disable Social Collab. ... I'm going to continue trying to make a custom Site Page with none of the added junk on it. thx! Jan 22, 2020 at 15:34
  • Please see my updated screen shot of disabling comments in global setting. Jan 23, 2020 at 1:58
  • how can it be done in SharePoint on-premises?
    – jpfreire
    Sep 29, 2021 at 15:47

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