In case you published a news in SharePoint Online and you now want to “downgrade” it to a regular page, I have a solution for you.
The reasons why you would like to demote a News might vary:
- You publish an important message, perhaps a note about an operational disturbance. It might not relevant anymore, but you still want to keep the page in case someone wants to access the information.
- You accidentally create a page as a news.
An example of a news of a temporary character
The News “Promotion” is controlled through the field called “Promoted State”. You cannot edit, but you can include it in a view to check the current state of it.
- “0” means a regular site page
- “2” means News
Show the “Promoted State” and ID to check the current status and identify pages and news
So in order to convert a news to a regular page, you need to update the list item’s field “Promoted State” from 2 to 0.
Unfortunately, the Promoted State field is read only. Hence we need to make it editable first, edit it, and in the end, reset the field.
Lucky us, that is easily done with PnP 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
That’s it. Easy, isn’t it?. I wonder why the field is readonly, though. What downsides might this procedure have? What do you think?