This is a very popular request in education where you may want to hide a subset of SharePoint Online functionality such as newsfeeds or sites for example. The good news is we now just shipped this update to SharePoint Online that provides this capability to toggle on and off SharePoint features in the Portal navigation bar:
Where is this feature?:
1) Visit Office 365 portal
2) Visit ‘SharePoint’ administration
3) Visit ‘Settings’
4) Select features to enable/disable within the navigation bar
Portal Nav bar before toggle:
Portal Nav bar after toggle hiding Newsfeed and Sites (note must exit browser fully and restart):
It's very nice to have that option - thanks for posting it. We already made the change in our tenant and it definitely cleans up the portal interface for our users, which should cut down on some confusion until we're ready for SharePoint.
How can I do this with On Prem SharePoint?
This is a welcome addition, however, you can still get to the Newsfeed but clicking on your name in the top right corner --> About Me --> Newsfeed. Kind of makes this update pointless as it doesn't actually prevent access to the Newsfeed.
@Gabriel I haven't see this on prem. @DVC If hiding newsfeed is not enough, you can disable newsfeed completely In order to disable the “Newsfeed” tenant wide, follow these steps:
1. Log in as an admin
2. Navigate to Newsfeed
3. Click the gear icon and select “Site Settings”
4. Select Web Parts
5. Select MicroFeed.dwp
6. Select Edit
7. Select “Delete”