I have created a custom action in welcome menu box like this:

<CustomAction Id ="CustomMenu_UserSettings" GroupId="PersonalActions" Location="Microsoft.SharePoint.StandardMenu" Sequence="1000" Title="User Settings" Description="User location and department preferences" ImageUrl="_layouts/images/icon_contactlist.gif"> <UrlAction Url="javascript:OpenPopUpPageWithTitle('{SiteUrl}/Pages/EdwUserSettings.aspx?IsDlg=1',RefreshOnDialogClose,500,400,'User Settings')"/> </CustomAction>

and it is working fine. But the problem is :

Recently when we are migrating site pages using CMP files, we didnot set this property : settings.IncludeUserCustomAction = SPIncludeUserCustomAction.None; because of which it create duplicated custom actions.

Now even if we retract the solution from site, still these custom actions are coming. How to remove this?

I have tried : 1. HideCustomAction -

<HideCustomAction Id="hideUserSettings" HideActionId="CustomMenu_UserSettings" GroupId="PersonalActions" Location="Microsoft.SharePoint.StandardMenu" />

  1. FarmAdminTool from codeplex

  2. Tried Powershell to see if it is hidden, its name didnot list at all :

    Get-SPFeature -Site http://sitecollectionurl | Sort DisplayName | FT DisplayName

Nothing helped.

Still these duplicates are coming(below snapshot).

Please suggest some ideas/links.

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  • did you try to open the page in designer remove these links...
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Commented Apr 29, 2015 at 4:11
  • I believe, Welcome.ascx is from 15 hive folder. I think we cannot access this in SP Designer. Please let me know how to open this in designer.
    – Maddy
    Commented Apr 29, 2015 at 5:49

1 Answer 1


I have resolved it!! As powershell did not help me. I have nothing left other than manually digging database.

So I have searched WSS_Content database and found those entries in WSS_Content.dbo.CustomActions table. Removing those fixed the issue. We have deleted entries whose FeatureId is 00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000

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Not sure if this is the correct way to proceed, but it worked :)

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