Saturday, September 13, 2014

How to Disable Sync button in SharePoint 2013

Sync option in SharePoint 2013 enables users to keep copies in sync between SharePoint libraries and user's local disk. Once Synched, You get the flexibility to edit documents straight from your local machine.

On clicking the "Sync" button from any document library, triggers the client application "SharePoint workspace" - which is a successor of Microsoft Groove.

How to Disable Sync button in SharePoint 2013
SharePoint 2013 hide sync button

Remove sync button in SharePoint 2013:
In some cases, you may want to disable sync option as per your company policies. Sync option is configured via "Search and Offline Availability" configuration. Follow these steps, If you want to disable Sync button in SharePoint 2013 at site level:
  • Go to your SharePoint site Settings
  • sharepoint 2013 disable sync button
    SharePoint 2013 remove sync button
  • Click on "Search and Offline Availability" link under "Search" group
  • disable sync in SharePoint library
    SharePoint 2013 disable sync button
  • Choose "No" for "Allow items from this site to be downloaded to offline Clients?". Choosing "Yes" enables the Sync option back.
  • Click OK to save your changes.

That's all. This hides Sync option in SharePoint 2013 site level. PowerShell can be utilized to Turn it OFF/ON globally for the entire farm using:
Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell -erroraction SilentlyContinue

Get-SPSite -limit all | get-SPWeb -limit all | Foreach { $_.ExcludeFromOfflineClient=1; 

You can also enable (if its enabled at site level!) or disable (doesn't matter if its enabled at site level!) sync for a particular SharePoint library .
  • Go to Library settings 
  • Click Advanced Settings under the General Settings category.
  • Under Offline Client Availability category, select No to prevent users from download the documents.

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