A. Context of Access

I do not have acces to the central sharepoint admin center but I am the owner of a site collection and I am site collection administrator:

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I am able to connect to my site collection using pnp power shell:

Install-Module PnP.PowerShell -Scope CurrentUser
Connect-PnPOnline -url https://{domain}.sharepoint.com/sites/eis/ -Interactive

Furthermore, the command


returns my email address that I used to connect.

I also checked some permission report and could not see something noticeable.

B. Issue

However, when running following command to remove the social bar / like feature:

Set-PnPSite -SocialBarOnSitePagesDisabled $true

I get

Error: Attempted to perform an unauthorized operation.

=> How can I troubleshoot and resolve that issue?

  • Are there some commands that I cannot excute if I do not have global admin rights, even if the command is on site collection level?

  • Is there some setting in the global admin center that could be used to give me the required access rights or install some missing, required dependencies/features?

  • Is there an alternative way to disable the Social media bar without using the pnp shell?

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1 Answer 1


You can use below PnP PowerShell script to show or hide the social bar from SharePoint online modern experience site pages for individual SharePoint Site:

# SharePoint online site URL
$siteUrl = Read-Host -Prompt "Enter your SharePoint site URL (e.g https://contoso.sharepoint.com/sites/work)"

# Connect to SharePoint online site
Connect-PnPOnline -Url $siteUrl -Interactive

# Hide the social bar from SharePoint online modern site pages
Set-PnPSite -SocialBarOnSitePagesDisabled $true

# Show the social bar on SharePoint online modern site pages
Set-PnPSite -SocialBarOnSitePagesDisabled $false

# Disconnect SharePoint online connection

Make sure to use the Site Collection Administrator account of respective SharePoint site (As it might not work with just owner/full control permissions).

You can also achieve it using SharePoint Online PowerShell or CLI for Microsoft 365. Check this article for more details:

Enable or Disable the Social Bar (Like, Views, Save for later) for individual SharePoint sites

  • Thank you for the hint to chec k the site collection admin. I am the site colleciton administrator (or at least I think so) and as already said, the command "Set-PnPSite -SocialBarOnSitePagesDisabled $true" does not work.
    – Stefan
    Dec 21, 2023 at 12:27
  • Can you confirm once if you are SCA for this particular site from "Site Permissions > Site Collection Administrators" section? Dec 21, 2023 at 12:30
  • Yes, I updated the question accordingly.
    – Stefan
    Dec 21, 2023 at 12:38

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