This was done on SharePoint 2010 (not sure how), but I am on SharePoint Foundation 2013 and I need to have this site as a link on the top link navigation so a small group can access it, but I want to hide it from all other users. Since I have Foundation I do not have target audience and I do not have Navigation under site settings. In 2010 I know it was done because I can see it, but when I sign in as someone else I cannot see it on the link bar or in site contents.


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What you are describing is the native functionality of SharePoint. What you need to do is for that secure site - set up corresponding security groups and permissions, then go ahead and add a link to the top link bar. That's it. The link will only be seen by those who have access to that site and no-one else.

Everything in SharePoint is permission-driven, which means that you will not see the link in the navigation or content in search results if you do not have access to that site. You do not need publishing features or target audience settings for this to work.

  • The link will be visible to everyone but only be accessible to those who have access to the site. Jan 24, 2017 at 22:29
  • @Norman, the link will be invisible. It honors security trimming - please check this post support.office.com/en-us/article/… Jan 26, 2017 at 0:07

Setup a SharePoint permission group and make your navigation link visible to that permission group only. Also make sure that the site you are creating a link should only allow user who are in the new SharePoint permission group you create.

  • There is no Navigation link in Foundation.
    – Aurora B
    Jan 25, 2017 at 2:02
  • Go to Site Settings > Navigation > Structural Navigation There you will see all the navigation links. Click on the link and edit it. You will have to select a specific SharePoint Permissions group under 'Audience' tab Jan 25, 2017 at 18:22
  • Noman there are no navigation links to clink on in Foundation.
    – Aurora B
    Jan 26, 2017 at 23:20

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