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How to hide the Quick Launch...

How to hide the Quick Launch...

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The Quick Launch (a.k.a Current Navigation) is available on SharePoint sites to help users navigate to the appropriate lists, libraries and pages. However, on the rare occasion you are asked to hide the Quick Launch (shown in red) you can follow this post.

To hide the Quick Launch:

1.  Open the appropriate page and from the Site Actions menu, click Edit Page.

2.  Add a content editor Web part onto the appropriate page.

3.  Click on Modify shared Web part.

4.    Click the Source Editor... button:






5.     Copy and paste the following HTML:








display: none;



6.     Go to layouts section of the Web part and select Hidden:












7.     Click OK to save your changes with no Quick Launch:












If you want to get the quick launch to appear again, just roll-back the above 5 steps. Nice and easy.


  • Clever, but I have to ask what is wrong with the easier option of

    Site Settings / Tree View and removing the "x" from Quick Launch ?

  • Hi Mike,

    Good suggestion - this of course is a simpler way of hiding the Quick Launch. The only disadvantage of this is that links to View All Site Content and the Recycle Bin are still shown, not fully maximising the width of the page. Granted, this wasn't specified as a requirement in the above post!

    Thanks again,


  • I did this and the quick launch dissapeared but the left margin did not move to the very left and instead there is just a empty space where the quick launch was.

    Can I change this?

    Do you also know how to remove the top meny bar... I guess it is similar to this.

  • Hi Lisa-Marie,

    When hiding the Quick Launch on a publishing site the margin will be greatly reduced. To make sure this happens on all sites it maybe worth making your own master page. You can then choose to make certain content placeholders not visible, such as menus.

    NOTE: if you delete some content placeholders you will probably run into errors, so hiding them is probably a safer option.

    More info on making a custom master page can be found at sites such as



  • I created my own custom master page and it seemed to do the trick!

    Cheers Barry

  • How do you put the page into edit mode?

    I'm confused.

    Thanks in advance.

  • Hi Dean,

    Good feedback. I have modified the post to try and explain this (new first step).



  • Thanks James. Please bear in mind in the future that not everyone is an *advanced* user. I haven't done any training in Sharepoint. I am just trying to teach myself with the help of your blog and various other sources.

    Many thanks,


  • Hi,this article is very help to me in correct time......

    I have one doubt in my site collection which has 10 subsites. I follow ur steps quick launchbar is disabled good. However, to disable it on other subsites I have to follow procedure on all other sites.......

    Is there any easy way to do this on multiple sites. (Note: When i was creating subsite i selected unique permissions)........

  • Hi Kumar,

    To hide the quick launch on multiple sites you would probably need to do one of the following:

    a) Go to Site Actions > Site Settings > Tree View, and then deselect "Enable Quick Launch". You may have to do this on each subsite unfortunately.

    b) Make your own master page (by copying default.master and hiding the quick launch). You can then configure the top-level site of the site collection to use your own master page. It will be easy to configure all subsites to use your custom master page (thus hiding the quick launch on all subsites). For more guidance on doing this, please see



  • Is there anyway to hide just the Sites part of the Quick Launch?

  • Hi Emily,

    Yes. To hide a particular link or header within the Quick Launch:

    1. Go to Site Actions > Site Settings

    2. Under Look and Feel, click Quick Launch

    3. Delete the link/heading you want to hide (e.g. "Sites")



  • Excellent article  that saved me lot of time

  • Sick one bruv. This is wicked!

  • Hi

    I want to hide small section (2,3 link) of Quick Launch section. How can I do that ?


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