Manage Docs.com use in your organization

Important: Microsoft is retiring the Docs.com service on Friday, December 15, 2017. Please move your existing Docs.com content to other file storage and sharing platforms as soon as possible, as Docs.com will no longer be available after this date. For more information, see Important information about Docs.com end of service.


Docs.com is a Microsoft online platform where you can publish and discover Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Sway, and PDF documents, among others. With Docs.com, you can create an online portfolio of your expertise, discover, download, or bookmark works from other authors, and build your brand with built-in SEO, analytics, and email and social sharing. Docs.com comes with several privacy settings where users can choose to share content to only within your organization, or publicly to the world wide web.

We have recently enhanced the service to better ensure your organization's security and privacy. Docs.com supports logins from Facebook, Microsoft accounts and work or school accounts. Because Docs.com does not yet meet all of Office 365 compliance framework requirements, Office 365 and Azure Tenant administrators must “opt-in” to enable users with organizational accounts to use the service,

Follow the instructions in this article to enable Docs.com sign-ins for your organization.

Manage and update Docs.com settings in Office 365 admin center

  1. Sign in to Office 365 with your work or school account.

  2. Go to the Office 365 admin center.

  3. On the admin home page, expand the Settings and then choose Services & add-ins.

    Expand Settings and then choose Services & add-ins
  4. On the Services & add-ins page, choose Docs.com.

    On the Services & add-ins page, choose Docs.com
  5. In the Docs.com panel, move the setting next to the text Let people in your organization publish documents on Docs.com to On position.

    Turn the slider to On position to allow people in your organization publish to Docs.com
  6. Choose Save to save the settings.

Use PowerShell to manage user access to Docs.com

The following versions of Windows are supported for the PowerShell procedures:

  • Windows 10 (64-bit)

  • Windows 8.1 Pro (64-bit)

  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise (64-bit)

  • Windows 7 SP1 (64-bit)

  • Windows Server 2016 TP5 (64-bit)

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (64-bit)

Note: The following procedure requires a 64-bit version of Windows.

To enable Docs.com for organization credentials, you must first create a service principal for Docs.com. After this has been done successfully, you won’t need to go through this process again.

  1. If you are not using Windows 10, first install the PackageManagement PowerShell Modules Preview on your computer.

  2. Start the Windows PowerShell console with Administrator privileges.

  3. Run the following command to download and install Azure Active Directory V2 PowerShell Module:

    Install-Module -Name AzureAD -RequiredVersion 2.0.0.30

    • Type Y if you see "Are you sure you want to install the modules from 'PSGallery'?"

    • Type Y if you see “Do you want PowerShellGet to install and import the NuGet provider now?”

  4. Run the following command to connect to your tenant:

    Connect-AzureAD
  5. Enter your credentials for an admin account for the Microsoft Online service. For example, for Office 365, you would enter your global admin credentials. This authorizes you to access and administer your Azure AD.

    Enter your Azure Active Directory admin credentials
  6. Run the following commands to create the new service principal for Docs.com:

    Get-AzureADServicePrincipal | ? { $_.AppId -eq "16ca8a85-6f41-4947-844e-edc776d9cd89" } | Remove-AzureADServicePrincipal

    Followed by:

    New-AzureADServicePrincipal -AppId 16ca8a85-6f41-4947-844e-edc776d9cd89

Note: The following procedure requires a 64-bit version of Windows.

If you completed the previous procedure in this article and now want to disable sign-in with organizational account credentials for your users, follow the steps below.

  1. Start the PowerShell console with Administrator privileges.

  2. Run the following command to connect to your tenant:

    Connect-AzureAD
  3. Enter your credentials for an admin account for the Microsoft Online service. For example, for Office 365, you would enter your global admin credentials. This authorizes you to access and administer your Azure AD.

    Enter your Azure Active Directory admin credentials
  4. Run the following command to block all of your users from signing in to Docs.com using your organization's credentials:

    Get-AzureADServicePrincipal | ? { $_.AppId -eq "16ca8a85-6f41-4947-844e-edc776d9cd89" } | Set-AzureADServicePrincipal -AccountEnabled $false

    You have now blocked access to Docs.com for all users. However:

    • Your users are still able to view previously published content.

    • Your users will not be able to modify previously published content.

    • Your users will not be able view content that was previously published with the Organization visibility setting.

  5. If you want to enable organizational account sign-in again after running the command in Step 4, you can run the following command:

    Get-AzureADServicePrincipal | ? { $_.AppId -eq "16ca8a85-6f41-4947-844e-edc776d9cd89" } | Set-AzureADServicePrincipal -AccountEnabled $true

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