The "Recently Modified" section in the quick launch is not something I want my users to see. How can I eliminate or hide it in a SharePoint 2010 installation?
I accomplished this by using the steps outlined here.
If you ever need to reverse this process simply remove the
Edit: As David pointed out in the comments this is not considered a "best practice" as updates from Microsoft can effectively undo the changes made to files in the 14 hive. In theory, however, should an update reset your
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I recently found an easier way. Open the page in SPD, edit in advanced mode, and hover over the Recently Modified box in the Preview pane. Click on the > arrow to the right of the pane and select “Default to Master’s Content”. You’ll receive a notification saying that if you default to the Master Page content, everything in that region will be removed from the page. Click “Yes”.
Then Save, go about your business, accept any additional nofications (for example, some sites will say “this will no longer match the site definition”) after determining that they are irrelevant, and reload the page. The ‘Recently Modified’ section is no longer there.
If this then causes a notification banner that the “current page has been customized from its template”, see this post on how to fix.