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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?

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I accomplished this by using the steps outlined here.

  1. Navigate to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\TEMPLATE\DocumentTemplates\
  2. Open wkpstd.aspx in a text editor.
  3. Find <SharePoint:RecentChangesMenu runat="server" id="RecentChanges"/> and replace with <SharePoint:RecentChangesMenu runat="server" id="RecentChanges" visible="false"/>.

If you ever need to reverse this process simply remove the visible="false" from the same tag.

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 wkpstd.aspx file you could simply take these steps again to re-hide the Recently Modified section so long as the update didn't fundamentally change the tag that needs to be altered.

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Can you do this with the Navigation option in Site Settings or is this not modifiable through there? I've used that for our page navigation but haven't implemented wiki's yet, it'd be good to know if I'll need a different method to manipulate nav settings. –  MichaelF Apr 8 '11 at 19:23
I'm really new to SharePoint, but if I'm understanding your question correctly I think this solution should work for every quick launch or quick launch-esque structure throughout your site collection. I haven't implimented wikis in my SP2010 install yet (and probably never will) so I haven't tested that, but I believe this worked for wikis when I demoed SP2007 a few months ago. Your results may vary. –  newuser Apr 8 '11 at 19:30
Directly modifying Microsoft files in the 14 hive is 'bad' for a number of reasons. The most significant is that Microsoft can and will replace them in a future patch/update. –  Dave Wise Apr 8 '11 at 20:10
@David - I did not know that. I'll edit my answer to reflect that this isn't considered a "best practice". –  newuser Apr 8 '11 at 20:24
I was thinking along the lines of what David said, typically we avoid doing anything in the 14 hive except updated web.config's that we need changed for our customizations. –  MichaelF Apr 10 '11 at 18:22

I achieved this in a much more simple way.

Follow this link - really easy for beginers linke me...


Edit page, insert content editor web part, edit source HTML of web part, paste in this HTML:

<style type="text/css">

Set web part chrome type to "none," save and close. Observe that the "Recently Modified" pages navigation is no longer showing on this page.

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Please add a summary of the steps outlined in the link to your answer. If the link breaks in the future, your answer will no longer be useful. –  Phil Greer Jul 9 '14 at 12:37

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”.

Default to Master's Content menu

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.

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