How to Disable “I Like It” “Tags & Notes” in SharePoint 2010?

‘I Like it’ and ‘Tags and Notes’ features are introduced in SharePoint 2010 to improve user collaboration, social communication capabilities and to enable users to provide their feedback on items, pages, etc. However, not all SharePoint environments require this feature, so here are some ways to remove “I like it” and “Tags & Notes” tag buttons from SharePoint 2010.

Removing "I Like It" and "Tag and Notes" from SharePoint Site

SharePoint 2010: Disable “I Like It” “Tags and notes” at farm level
If you want to remove “I like It”, “Tags & Notes” at the farm level, follow these steps:

  • Go to Central Administration >> System Settings >> Click on “Manage Farm Features” How to Remove the "I like it" and "Tag & Notes"
  • Deactivate “Social Tags and Note board Ribbon Controls”Hiding the social tags in SharePoint 2010

Or you can disable by PowerShell

Disable-SPFeature -Identity SocialRibbonControl

To enable, use:

Enable-SPFeature -Identity SocialRibbonControl

Microsoft KB to turn off the “I Like It” and the “Tags & Notes” features in SharePoint Server 2010:

While this change is instant and disables/enables social tags at farm level for all web applications, We can target this setting based on user group too. Here is how:

Disable social tagging permissions to specific users and groups:
You can also enable/disable social tagging feature for specific users or groups by removing them from the Use Social Features permission, which is part of the User Profile service application.

  • Go to Central Admin >> Click on Manage Service Applications
  • Pick your User Profile Service Application from the list
  • Click on “Manage User Permissions” link under People section
  • Select the user or group for which you want to turn off the “I Like It” and the “Tags & Notes” features.
  • Under Permissions, click to clear the Use Social Features check box. and click OK.SharePoint 2010: Disable "I like it" und "Tags and Notes"

It takes a minute (by a timer job!) and this setting is a cumulative (you remove permission from one group and you grant for one! Then the user will be able to see )
How to remove "I like it" and "Tags & Notes" from SharePoint 2010

You can also use my solution How to Hide SharePoint 2010 Ribbon Tab – Group – Button – Menu to disable/hide/remove “I Like It” tags on particular site/site collection. It actually uses the “CustomAction” feature to hide those buttons.

Hide I Like It Tags & Notes using CSS:
Use IE developer toolbar or Firebug in Firefox to get the ID/Class of the tags, and set its visibility to none.
sharepoint 2010 i like it feature remove Place this css code in your SharePoint 2010 Master page, or custom style sheet, wherever applicable.

/* SharePoint 2010 hide i like it tags & notes CSS code */
<style type="text/css">

SharePoint 2010 remove I like it CSS
Unlike the above requirement, you may have to disable I like it button alone with CSS. Here is the  code: 

/* sharepoint 2010 hide i like it css */
<style type="text/css">

#AddQuickTag_ctl00_ctl36 {
#AddQuickTagImg_ctl00_ctl36 {
SharePoint 2010 i like it disabled

How about securing it : with SharePoint Security Trimmed Control? 
Edit your master page, Find:

<SharePoint:DelegateControl ControlId="GlobalSiteLink3" Scope="Farm" runat="server"/>

and move it inside:

<Sharepoint:SPSecurityTrimmedControl runat="server" Permissions="ManagePermissions">

   <SharePoint:DelegateControl ControlId="GlobalSiteLink3" Scope="Farm" runat="server"/>


You can even set style=”display:none” for the above element on the Master page to make it hidden. For all available permission strings, refer:

SharePoint 2010 I like It feature disabled?
“I Like It” not available in SharePoint 2010? those buttons missing? Here is how to enable “I Like it”:

Check all the above-discussed things in reverse order! Additionally, It depends on “User Profile” and “Managed Metadata Service Application”, So make sure these SAs are up and running and associated via “Service connection” with the web application. You may get “Notes & Tags” alone if you have only the user profile service application configured and associated. (If you don’t have UPSA, you will see neither of them!)

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack - SharePoint Expert with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. Love to Share my knowledge and experience with the SharePoint community, through real-time articles!

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