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.