Today in the “Quick Win” section, I’ll talk about a small trick regarding “Recent” link in the navigation.
What is it?
The “Recent” link is a link added by SharePoint when you add a new app in your site and when you choose to NOT add it to the current navigation …
How to remove it?
Yeah, I really don’t know why Microsoft decided to add this feature, on most of my customer, when the navigation is defined, they don’t like to see it brutally changed without their permission.
First attempt to delete this annoying stuff, go to the navigation and click “Delete”. Yeah, it should work but…
If you don’t have the publishing infrastructure set on your site, you need to provide an url to the recent to be able to remove it (…) !
If you add a new app, the link gets back..
How to get rid of it?
First, I know my solution is not a wonderfull solution but it’s working as expected. To do this, you will need to have the publishing infrastructure activated.
Create a SharePoint Group called “Recent Reader” and remove all the people from it.
Go to the navigation and apply an audience on the Recent link for the “Recent Reader” group.
The link won’t be visible by anyone after that!
Hoping this helps!