Using PnP PowerShell to apply modern column formatting

Clients have asked me about visually improving documents to highlight content that contain sensitive information (for example) and then applying this change to columns in lists in all their groups (roughly 100 of them).

There is detailed documentation at about how to create and apply the JSON formatting to a single column; but not so much about how to update existing columns with the API, so what and how should we get this done?

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SPFx: Cut the clutter

SharePoint Framework (SPFx) is new, lots to learn, explore and build new innovative modern features into SharePoint Modern Interfaces. With SPFX, you will notice you get a lot of extra files for configuration, libraries, temp code and compiled code; a lot of clutter and noise that’s not needed as part of the majority of development, it just gets in the way when I want to focus on the code! Huff….

SPFX Files
Lots of extra files, do we really need to see them?

The above example isn’t a large project but you can see lot more files that is necessary to SEE they are necessary for compilation, debugging etc. But really do we need to see these files?

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Modern Site Themes

One of many cool announcements from Microsoft Ignite 2017, was the introduction of SharePoint Modern Themes. The SharePoint team have now launched a way to customise  themes, colours and the presentation of Modern Sites.

Typically, theming of sites has been randomly chosen at the time of creation making it very difficult to apply consistent branding across SharePoint sites and Office 365 groups.

What do the new themes look like?

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SharePoint Communication Sites, the new Publishing Sites

Today, at the SharePoint Virtual Summit 2017, Microsoft announced the next wave of upcoming innovation around four key themes, Share with confidence, Transform business process, Inform and engage employees and Harness collective knowledge. In this post, we focusing around the awesome new modern experience for the classic Publishing Sites, called “Communication Sites” in the Inform and engage employees section of the Summit.

Create Communication Site

The new name for Publishing Sites better describes what this feature is all about, the Intranet. In our time working with this classic experience, we have developed a few intranets using Publishing Sites, to build extensively customised experiences for our customers, mainly focused around communication providing a hub for users to go to find out news, events, policies and guidance on business processes.

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