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Categories: SharePoint

November 2, 2020

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(Updated) Required properties improvements for SharePoint pages

From Microsoft Corporation

MC224173, Plan For Change, Published date: Oct 14, 2020New feature, User impact

Major update: Announcement

Updated October 22 to clarify this change applies to Targeted Release for entire organization, and does not apply to Targeted Release for selected users.

SharePoint page authors will soon need to supply required information before a page or news post can be published if one or more required properties have been set up in the pages library.

Key points

  • Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 63257
  • Timing:
    • Targeted release for entire organization, late October
    • Standard release, late November; complete early December
  • Rollout: tenant level
  • Control type: user control
  • Action: review and assess

How this will affect your organization

SharePoint currently allows page owners to make properties (i.e., columns) “required” in the pages library. However, SharePoint does not enforce this requirement and will publish pages even if a page is missing required properties.

Screen cap of pre-publish panel

With this release, SharePoint will enforce the requirement and will display a pre-publication panel when a page is missing required properties.

Previously published pages and news posts will remain published and appear in a new “Pages that need attention” library view of all pages that are missing required properties. 

Visual cues on pages and news posts: 

  • A red icon will display next to Page details in the command bar, indicating that attention is needed.
  • In the Page details panel, required properties are indicated with a red asterisk.
  • If an author selects Publish, Republish, Post news, Update news, Schedule, or Send for approval with missing required properties, the pre-publish panel will prompt them to supply the missing required properties.

Visual cues in the Pages library:

  • Fields that are missing required properties are highlighted in red and show the text “Required info.”
  • Authors can provide the missing required properties in the Page details pane and publish directly from the Pages library.
  • A view called “Pages that need attention” in the Pages library will display pages or news posts that are missing required properties.

What you need to do to prepare

You should notify individuals in your organization who author pages and news posts, as well as those who provide SharePoint assistance, that this change is coming. Also consider updating your user training.

Learn more:  View, edit, and add page details

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