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In SP2013 you have the recent entry in the navigation. Is there an easy way to automatically hide/remove this entry?

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up vote 9 down vote accepted

Did some additional research and found the answer myself.

var title = SPUtility.GetLocalizedString("$Resources:core,category_Recent", null, web.Language);
SPNavigationNodeCollection nodes = web.Navigation.QuickLaunch;
foreach (SPNavigationNode node in nodes)
  if (node.Title.Equals(title))
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Where did you put this code? I put it in a Feature Event Receiver in the FeatureActivated event, & it didn't work :( – Markus Aug 4 '15 at 15:22

You can manually delete the header from:

Site Settings-> Look and Feel -> Navigation

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I am creating a webtemplate based on a teamsite. Do you know how this can be done by code? – Remko Mar 7 '13 at 13:20
What is the result you are looking for? Should the navigation be inherited from the parent site? – Vardhaman Deshpande Mar 7 '13 at 14:22
I already found and posted the answer I was looking for. Tnx for helping – Remko Mar 14 '13 at 9:59

I have an out of the box solution.

  1. *Settings -> Site contents
  2. *Site permissions
  3. *Create Group
  4. Make a new group with no permissions.
  5. Delete all users from the group.
  6. *Settings -> Site contents
  7. *Navigation
  8. Select the "Recent" heading
  9. *Edit
  10. Set Audience = the group from step 4
  11. *OK
  12. *OK

Now only members of a group, with no members, are able to see the "Recent" heading.

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I decided as follows: Added the css code on the page that did not want to display the "Recent" menu:

div#zz12_V4QuickLaunchMenu ul#zz13_RootAspMenu li.static span.static span.additional-background{
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  1. Site Settings -> Quick Launch Select the Edit icon near Recent
  2. Copy any valid url into the empty URL box (Recent item does not show a URL)
  3. Click Delete (with an empty URL box, it would have given an error message)
  4. Confirm deletion

It works in SharePoint 2013, not sure about the earlier versions

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With Sharepoint Online (Office 365) you can delete the Recent from the menu by doing the following:

  1. Select "Edit Links" at the bottom left of menu
  2. Click "X" next to Recent" to delete it and save

NOTE: You'll need to recreate the menu links under "Recent" if you follow these steps. Under each app you'll need to toggle the on/off radio button for "Display this list on the Quick Launch?" in the General Settings.

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