How to create and add SharePoint template to the Organizational Template tab

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I have been searching for a week.  I don't understand why this is so difficult.  When you create a SharePoint Online site, you go to Apply Site Templates there is an organizational tab option.  We want to create a SharePoint Online site, save as a template, and then have it appear in that organizational tab.  I am a global Admin for the tenant also. 


Any ideas? Is this really only available for SharePoint On-Prem?  Do we really have to create a template from scratch in JSON and use PowerShell to upload it?  Any help would be appreciated.  Thanks in advance. 






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best response confirmed by Laci Porter (New Contributor)
Sorry not currently possible to "Save Site As a Site Design Template" via the UI - you have start from a crafted JSON site script and upload the design to make it available "From your Organization" - using PowerShell.

You can extract a existing web site script to a JSON to get you started, but then must be uploaded vis PowerShell to be made available.

This is SharePoint Online only, the old Save Site as A Template was Classic SharePoint only and has been removed in SharePoint Online and newer version of SharePoint Server.

@Warwick Ward 


Thank you.  I was afraid of that.  I wonder the thoughts behind not making that easier process.  


The team is now working on following your links.  

I can't imagine the backlog of improvements the development team are managing :)

It usally starts off the ability to do it via PowerShell/Manually, then overtime a UI in the front-end will be build for it, so maybe in time we will see it.