Slinger's Thoughts

February 12, 2008

Hiding the “View All Site Content” link.

Filed under: SharePoint — Tags: , — slingeronline @ 10:15 am

One of the things that I have run into while trying to “secure” our MOSS installation was a troublesome link at the top of the “QuickLaunch”.  The link that says “View All Site Content.”  I have tried training our users on how our installation was laid out, and how to find the information that they are looking for.  We have a few stubborn users however who have not been to any of my training classes. (This is one of the reasons I wanted to get the training solution from an earlier post working.)  One of these users would consistently click the “View All Site Content” link, and then ask me where the files he was looking for were.I guess having search containers all over the place didn’t help.  He couldn’t make sense of the information he was seeing, because a lot of our information is based on other information, which is based on yet more information.  It all relates, but none of our users would need to see the nuts and bolts of our layout.  I have made a few changes here and there that make it easier, but there was still the one or two users that insist on clicking on that link. Since it was part of site navigation, I thought that I could possibly remove it by clicking on “Site Actions” – “Site Settings” and then under the “Look and Feel” category, clicking on “Modify Navigation”.  Well, I can change all sorts of things about navigating through all the various sites and subsites, but there was no way to move or change the “View All Site Content” link.  So I was off into google to find a solution, and lo and behold.  Other people had the same issues that I did.  The link to the site that I found was here. After following his directions, which are well laid out and very detailed, I have a new site feature that I can activate or deactivate that will move the “View All Site Content” link from the top of the QuickLaunch to the Site Actions menu.  The nice thing about this is that now I can also control this link with permissions.  If you see my previous post about hiding the “Open in Windows Explorer” link you’ll see where I have already delved into this a little bit.  Much thanks to Mark Wagner for providing this solution.  Now what would be really nice is to have that “Open in Windows Explorer” solution treated as a feature like this is.  Some day when I’m smart enough, I may try and code one. I haven’t tinkered with the permissions on this yet, as the only people who have access are users who are Site Owners.  Perfect.  The only hiccup with this, is that the link that was created on the Site Actions menu will show up twice on Sites that have publishing features enabled.  This doesn’t bother me, since the only person who should be looking for the View All Site Content link is me.  



  1. You can also edit the permission string of the control that contains the “View All Site Content” link. By default it’s set to ViewFormPages, but if you change it to FullMask, then only users will Full Control can see it. You can do this either on the master page or you’d have to do it to each individual content page. You’ll want to have SharePoint Designer too.

    Comment by Eric Skaggs — February 22, 2008 @ 12:36 pm

  2. I’m happy my solution helped. Thanks for the kind words and the reference link Slinger.

    Comment by Mark Wagner — February 26, 2008 @ 10:04 pm

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