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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Navigation options missing in site settings

In some sit­u­a­tions you will notice that the nav­i­ga­tion option is miss­ing from the site set­tings screen.

Mod­i­fy­ing the glob­al or the cur­rent nav­i­ga­tion is not pos­si­ble.
Or is it?

Yes, in fact there are two solu­tions.

The rea­son that the nav­i­ga­tion option is miss­ing is due to the fact that your site does not have the pub­lish­ing func­tion­al­i­ty enabled.

Option 1

So enabling this fea­ture will give you back the nav­i­ga­tion option.

Go to Site Actions->Site Set­tings then under “site col­lec­tion admin­stra­tion” sec­tion click on “site col­lec­tion fea­tures”. Now Acti­vate the “Office Share­point Serv­er Pub­lish­ing Infra­struc­ture” fea­ture. You need to be a site col­lec­tion admin­is­tra­tor to be able to acti­vate this fea­ture. Now for each site you can acti­vate fea­ture “Office Share­Point Serv­er Pub­lish­ing”. You are done. Now you should be able to see the nav­i­ga­tion option.

Option 2

If you don’t want to enable the pub­lish­ing fea­ture you can use the quick link /_layouts/AreaNavigationSettings.aspx
Append this direct­ly after the url for your site and you’ll be direct­ed to the nav­i­ga­tion mod­i­fi­ca­tion screen.

See more quick links in this post.