Hide the Recent tab in SharePoint Navigation

I have nev­er liked the “Recent” tab in the Share­Point Quick­Start nav­i­ga­tion.

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So here is a way to hide it for­ev­er! We do this by edit­ing the prop­er­ties of the link in the nav­i­ga­tion set­tings of the site. We will dis­play the link to all mem­bers of a new­ly cre­at­ed group. The thing is that there are no mem­bers in that group (oth­er than the farm admin­is­tra­tor of course).


Step 1

Go into Site set­tings.

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Step 2

Open Peo­ple and groups to cre­ate a new group

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Step 3

Switch the view to Groups

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Step 4

Click “New” to cre­at the new group.

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Step 5

Give the new group a name and enter a descrip­tion.

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Should­n’t it say Group Descrip­tion or some­thing?

Leave all set­tings default and click “Cre­ate”.

Step 6

Delete your­self from the group

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If you cre­at­ed the group logged in with the sys­tem admin­is­tra­tive account the group will be emp­ty. 


Step 7

Go into Site set­tings and Nav­i­ga­tion

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And scroll down to Struc­tur­al nav­i­ga­tion

Step 8

Select the Recent head­ing and click on “Edit”

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Step 9

Edit the prop­er­ties for this Head­ing.

Find the new­ly cre­at­ed group by click­ing on the address book.

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Select “Share­Point Groups”

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Search, select, add and hit “OK

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If all went well you should see this screen. Just click “OK

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And now the Recent head­ing will be hid­den.

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Add extra result types and properties to the advanced search page

Step 1

First open the advanced search page.
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Step 2

Edit the page

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Step 3

Edit the web­part

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Step 4

Open the builder win­dow to edit prop­er­ties

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Step 5

Once in the builder win­dow, select all con­tents by hit­ting CTRL‑A and copy it with CRTL‑C Result types 5

Step 6

Open Visu­al Stu­dio (or any oth­er edi­tor) and cre­ate a new XML file. We are not going to save this file but past­ing it into visu­al stu­dio for­mats the text so it is out­lined prop­er­ly. Result types 6

Step 7

Remove the default head­er. (CTRL‑A and DEL)

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Step 8

And paste the XML from the web­part Result types 8

Looks much bet­ter does­n’t it?

Step 9

First we’ll cre­ate a new Result­Type Select the “Doc­u­ments” Result­Type. Copy and past it at the end of the Result­Types sec­tion.

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Step 10

Rename “Doc­u­ments”. In this case we are going to use “Man­u­scripts” Result types 10

Step 11

Next we’ll cre­ate a new prop­er­ty def­i­n­i­tion Result types 11

Step 12

Add the new Prop­er­ty Def­i­n­i­tion to the new Result­Type Result types 12

Step 13

Copy all text and paste it back into the Builder win­dow in Share­Point Result types 13 And click OK

Step 14

Click OK to save the changes to the Web­part and save the page.

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Don’t for­get to check in and pub­lish the page.

Et voila!

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SharePoint 2013 Crawl job will not stop

When you are unable to stop a crawl (full or incre­men­tal) using the cen­tral admin, you can try these addi­tion­al steps.

  1. Stop and start the Share­Point Serv­er Search 15 ser­vice
    1. Do this by going into services.msc (Hit Win­dows, R and type services.msc)
    2. Find the ser­vice and hit restart
  2. Run this pow­er­shell script on your Share­Point serv­er

Add-PSSnapin "Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell"

Get-SPEn­ter­pris­eSearchCrawl­Con­tentSource ‑SearchAp­pli­ca­tion “Search Ser­vice App” | ForE­ach-Object {
if ($.Crawl­Sta­tus ‑ne “Idle”)
Write-Host “Stop­ping cur­rent­ly run­ning crawl for con­tent source $($
do { Start-Sleep ‑Sec­onds 1 }
while ($
.Crawl­Sta­tus ‑ne “Idle”)
Write-Host “Start­ing full crawl for con­tent source $($.Name)…”

This should get things going again. ​