In SharePoint 2013 there is a new feature. Every list that is added to the Current Navigation appears under a heading Recent.


I have seen quite a few JQuery/JavaScript solutions but why make things difficult?

Simply add the following css:

#sideNavBox li > span
display: none;

And the recent heading disappears. This uses the idea that the Recent Heading doesn’t have a url set and therefore it contains the spans directly within the li element.

There is only one downside that I have seen so far and that other headings without a link will also disappear.

One important thing now to make your lists appear in the left hand navigation the Static display levels will need to be corrected I the master page used by your site. If you use a seatle.master based master page search for StaticDisplayLevels=”3″ and replace it withStaticDisplayLevels=”4″


Update: Recently I found an easier way of hiding the Recent option.

  1. Create a SharePoint group “Nobody”
  2. Go to Site Settings and Navigation
  3. find the Recent item and click on Edit.
  4. Now set the audience targeting to the Nobody group.

By Pieter Veenstra

Business Applications and Office Apps & Services Microsoft MVP working as a Microsoft Productivity Principal Consultant at HybrIT Services. You can contact me using

4 thoughts on “SharePoint 2013 – Hiding Recent from the Navigation”
  1. That last bit of advice on creating a target group was excellent. Solved my problem in a super easy way. Thank you!

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