Communication Site Document Library Rating Settings?

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I'm plaing with the new Communication Sites and would like my document library to allow users to rate/like the documents.  However, in the Library Settings, "Rating Settings" isn't available.  Is this possible within a Communication Site?  Ultimately, I'd like to have a section on this site that shows the highest rated/most liked content.  Is that possible?  If not, is that on the roadmap?  Thanks!

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This isn't possible. In the past there were features that added pieces of functionality to sites. The new style sites ( both teams and communication) are nearly feature free.

All the bits of functionality that used o exist may be added. If you want to be sure that it is added to the road map then you might want to add a uservoice.

WIth this feature apparently not being available in Communication Sites and not on the roadmap by the looks of it, it's well worth suggesting this feature on Uservoice.  Even more so if there is likely to be general interest in the proposed feature.


Get the idea up (assuming there isn't one already), get people to vote and add comments on how this would be useful in their environment.  This is the best way to get Microsoft to consider new features or to reinstate existing features! Here is the link, to the Communications Sites section on the SharePoint Uservoice.

Hi Everyone,


I've added a suggestion for this on Uservoice. Please vote :0)




I was able to enable it in a group connected Team site but «rating settings» menu is missing from the list settings in a Communication site. Why?


The Team site was a modern site so it is not a question of modern or not.


All the site collection features settings are the same.

The ratings features can be activated using PowerShell. I got the following instructions from Microsoft.


1) The client machine needs to have the SharePoint Online Management Shell components installed ( )


2)  #1 will not install if PowerShell 3.0 is not installed, install from: (this will require a reboot)


3)  Open SharePoint Online Management shell installed in Step #1  Need to Allow PS script SPFeatureCommander.ps1 to run from an elevated PS window, run: Get-ExecutionPolicy to get current setting, then run: Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted to set it to unrestricted.


(think you may need client SDK as well?,


After those 3 items, extract items from to a folder.  In SharePoint Online Management shell navigate to that folder and perform following:

Download from the link


4) Run .\SPFeatureCommander.ps1 from shell.  A GUI should open called CSOM SPFeature Commander. Alternatively you can right click on the SPFeatureCommander.ps1 file and select run with PowerShell.


5) Enter their Site URL -  https://<name> (Please replace the communication site URL)


6) Enter an user name (account must have Admin privileges) and enter the password.


7) In the Feature GUID box, enter following feature GUID value:  915c240e-a6cc-49b8-8b2c-0bff8b553ed3


8) You should see a message in Last Command Output that Feature Activated.

You may refer the below link for other feature GUID's in SharePoint :  

Hi, Dave.

My I have that file? The link you provided is not working now.


Thank you!

Here you go :)

Thanks for this! I was facing the same problem. Management has asked me to set up an ideation platform in SharePoint. I'm setting up a POC based on MS Forms, MS Flow and a SharePoint communication site (the end-user facing front-end) with a few lists. I wanted to present users a list with ideas suggested by others, with the option to like them, so that I can introduce some kind of ranking into the list and to make it more "social".


The rating feature is indeed available only on team sites and not on communication sites, but this procedure worked perfectly to add it. It just saved me half a day of work (setting up the site, configuring the flows), as I was afraid I would have to do it all over again on an team site.





@Dave Heffernan Thanks for the file. I am able to activate Rating Feature in communication site and able to rate it . Will this be reliable as i m going to use in it PRD . Is this microsoft recommended? 

Hi @mohamed_basith


This solution was provided by Microsoft after I raised a service request on the topic. You could follow up with them directly just to be sure.



Just raised service request with MS. They told its safe.
Great skills Dave, this worked a treat

I ran the script and the feature got activated and also I have enabled Ratings setting. But Still I don't see Like button on the Discussions. Does it takes time to get the Like button reflected on discussions and replies?


Afraid I've never tried it on Discussions lists so not sure if they support it.


@Dave Heffernan Hi Dave - I am facing an error in activating this feature .


Can you please help on this ?


Error is :


An error occurred activating Feature: 915c240e-a6cc-49b8-8b2c-0bff8b553ed3
Error detail: You cannot call a method on a null-valued expression.






Hi, afraid it's not something I've seen before. I'd raise it with Microsoft if you can, the solution was initially supplied in a response to a service request.

Best of luck!

Since is not available, you can...


Connect-SPOService -Url -Credential

Connect-PnPOnline -url

Enable-PnPFeature –identity 915c240e-a6cc-49b8-8b2c-0bff8b553ed3 -Scope site

Hi @Dave Heffernan 


I am getting sign-in error though i have entered correct Microsoft online credentials.


What access we should have to run this script?

I finally got the feature installed on a Communication Site, but just an FYI, the only way to like/vote is to use a list view. I raised the question up to Microsoft to make the Gallery view allow likes and they asked that people vote on the following feedbacks. Please vote: