Sharepoint 2013: Cleanest way to remove Recent from the quick launch menu in O365

Published on Author peter.stilgoe

In SharePoint 2013 / SharePoint online when you create a new list or library it automatically appears under a ‘Recent’ section.

There are multiple ways to hide this from sandboxed solutions to Jquery etc, however the cleanest way for me to remove / hide this is by using OOTB features & in this case audience targeting.

1) Create a new SharePoint group called ‘Hide recent’ or anything you want

2) Remove the creator from this group & do no add anyone to it

3) Now go to the navigation settings of the site in question, edit ‘Recent’ and add your new group as the target audience

Nice clean & OOTB solution to this annoyance for many.