Hide “Recent” from SharePoint 2013 Quick Launch Navigation

The recent section gets added automatically through a Web Control on SharePoint pages. ‘Recent’ menu is individual to each user! Meaning everyone gets their own recent section with links to their recent activities! If you have a requirement to remove (or hide) the “Recent” menu header from the left navigation of SharePoint 2013, Here are some solutions:

sharepoint 2013 hide recent in quick launch

In Publishing sites, You can remove the “Recent” section manually by going to Site Settings >> Look and Feel >> Navigation (or Quick launch on Non-publishing sites!).

hide recent in sharepoint 2013

How to hide recent in SharePoint 2013 using jQuery?

Edit the page, Add a script editor web part, and place this code in it (or master page HTML)

<script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-latest.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

<script type="text/javascript">
jQuery(document).ready(function() {

Hide “Recent” heading in SharePoint 2013 Quick launch with PowerShell:

You can also remove the “Recent” section using PowerShell by deleting the recent header.

PowerShell script to delete recent group in SharePoint 2013 left navigation:

Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

$web = Get-SPWeb "https://your-sharepoint-site-url"

#Process Quick launch
for ($i = $web.Navigation.QuickLaunch.Count-1; $i -ge 0; $i--)
    $node = $web.Navigation.QuickLaunch[$i];

    if($node.Title -eq "Recent")
            Write-host "Recent section removed from $($web.Title)"
You can restrict “Recent” menu by Creating a SharePoint group, Configure the audience targeting on the menu item only to the group!

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!

6 thoughts on “Hide “Recent” from SharePoint 2013 Quick Launch Navigation

  • How do you display “Recent” on left navigation if you deleted? Create new header in navigation?

  • I used audience targeting to hide the Recent node. I created PowerShell script to create the nodes in all sub-sites if it did not already exist and applied audience targeting. This seemed to work fine but then when I added a new document library to the site, SharePoint automatically added another Recent node besides the audience targeted Recent node. Any ideas?

  • Finally! Instructions for using jQuery that were simple to follow and actually work. Thank you!


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