[Tutorial] Disable Commenting on a Modern SharePoint Page Using Power Automate

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to disable comments on a SharePoint modern page using Power Automate. This is extremely handy when you are creating pages based on a template using a flow. Even if you have already disabled comments on the template page, it will not stay disabled on the copied page.

Time to read: About 5 minutes
Intended for: SharePoint developers who use Power Automate
Key takeaway: In this tutorial I will demonstrate how to disable comments on a modern SharePoint page.

For this tutorial, we will be using Office 365 SharePoint Online and Power Automate.

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Step 1 – Create a new flow
In Power Automate, select “My Flows”, click on the “New” drop down, and then click on “Instant-from blank”:

Name the flow “Disable Comments”, select “Manually trigger a flow”, and then click on the “Create” button:

Step 2 – Add actions
Click on the “+ New step” button, search for the “Get file metadata” action, and add it:

Select the Site Address from the drop down menu:

Click on the folder icon in the “File Identifier” field, and then click on the right arrow:

To select a page that you would like to disable the comments on, scroll down and select the page. For our example, I am selecting a page entitled PageTestOne.aspx:


Click on the “+ New step” button, search for the “Send an HTTP request to SharePoint”, and then click on it to add it:

Select the “Site Address” and set the “Method” as “POST”:

Copy the following URI and put it in the “Uri: field:

_api/web/lists/GetByTitle('Site Pages')/GetItemById()/SetCommentsDisabled

Place the cursor within the empty parenthesis and for the “Dynamic content”, select “ItemId” from the “Get file metadata” action. Notice that we are using “Site Pages” as the value for the title since we are selecting a page from that library:

Click on the “Switch to text mode” icon:

In the “Headers” field, enter the following JSON and then click on the “Switch to key value mode” icon:

{
  "Content-Type": "application/json;odata=verbose",
  "Accept": "application/json;odata=verbose"
}

Copy the following JSON, and paste it in the “Body” field:

{
  "value": true
}

Save your flow:

We now have all of our actions completed and we are ready to test.
Step 3 – Test
Go to the page that you selected in the “Site Pages” library from your “Get file metadata” step above and scroll to the bottom of the page. The URL should be similar to https://YourTenant.sharepoint.com/sites/YourSite/SitePages/YourPage.aspx. Notice that commenting is on. If not make sure you have selected page where commenting is on:

In your flow, Click on the “Test” button in the upper right corner of the page:

Select “I’ll perform the trigger action” and then click on the “Save & Test” button:

If you see the “Sign in” panel, click on the “Continue” button, and then click on the “Run Flow” button:

You should now see the “Started” panel. Click on the “Done” button:

Your flow will either be running still or it has completed already. There should be an indicator specifying the outcome:

Going back to the page you selected, you will notice that the comments are no longer showing:

Happy SharePointing!