How can I edit the gear / settings list? I want to hide certain items from site owners.

Gear Settings Icon


You can do this by editing the master page thats being used currently.

How to identify the related items?

1.Open the .master page in some textpad/SP Designer.

2.Look for below tag. This is the holder for SITE ACTIONS


3.Look for the Menu item templates. These will clearly give you an idea on wht they will hold.


4.There will be 2 attributes for each menu item called

PermissionsString & PermissionMode.

Edit them as required.

  • Why has this post been voted down? Is it an invalid solution? – haymansfield Oct 31 '13 at 10:49
  • yes why is it voted down? its a valid answer. Admins, your intervention please. This is not to get any points, but people viewing this post may think that there is no way to achieve this – Anand Mar 21 '14 at 16:56
  • I am not the one downvote it. I want to add that I cannot find mentioned items in "seattle.html". I can only find them in "seattle.master". Shouldn't we avoid edit the .master file directly? – Mark L Oct 14 '15 at 6:46
  • There is a seattle.html and also a seattle.master in "/_catalogs/masterpage/". You can see these in SharePoint designer when you browse through: All files > _catalogs > masterpage. Please note that the HTML masterpage may require the Server Publishing site collection feature to be activated. – OneOfThePetes Jun 9 '17 at 10:54

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