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How to Hide NewsFeed, SkyDrive & Sites in SharePoint 2013

There are several things in a SharePoint account that users wish to keep private and hidden from others. It can be highly confidential or some sensitive information. There comes a need for a tool that can hide selected information or data from other members on the cloud. SharePoint 2013 provides a feature with which users can disable or hide Newsfeed, Skydrive and DeltaSuiteLink.

Follow the steps given below to hide a Newsfeed, Skydrive and DeltaSuiteLink in SharePoint 2013:

  • Open SharePoint Designer 2013.
  • Click on the option Open Site.
  • A window will appear on the screen. Fill in the SharePoint URL in the Site name column.
  • Click Open.
  • A drop down with Navigation head will appear. Click on Master Pages.
  • Click to the right of seattle.master. It will be highlighted.
  • Click on the option, “Copy”.
  • Deselect seattle.master by clicking below the last item on the page.
  • Click on the option, “Paste”. This is how a copy of the master page is created.
  • Click on the newly created master page.
  • In the customization menu, there will be an option, Edit file. Select it.
  • Go to line 87. Delete the following text:

<SharePoint:DelegateControl id=”ID_SuiteLinksDelegate” ControlId=”SuiteLinksDelegate” runat=”server” />

  • Click the save icon.
  • There will be a pop-up stating a warning, click Yes.
  • Under Site Objects menu, click Master Pages.
  • Find the master page that you were editing. Click to the right of the page name. It will be highlighted.
  • Click on Set as Custom.
  • Click Set as Default.

Visit the main website. The changes will be visible on the site.

Further, you can add this master page solution to a subsite if the below given simple steps are followed.

  • In the SharePoint Designer 2013, copy the seattle_copy(1).master page.
  • Select File.
  • Click Sites.
  • Click Open Site.
  • Fill in the URL of your subsite.
  • Click Open.
  • Under Site Objects menu, select Master Pages.
  • Right click anywhere in the middle open space and click on “Paste” option.
  • Right click on the newly pasted master page seattle_copy(1).master.
  • Select the option, “Set as Default Master Page”.
  • Right Click the seattle_copy(1).master page again.
  • Select the option, “Set as Custom Master Page”.

Following this step-by-step process, the custom master page will be applied to the subsite. Similarly, various other SharePoint features allow simplifying of your work.

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