There are times that we need to disable some of the features in SharePoint. In this case, some of the buttons on the ribbon, the Share, Follow & Sync buttons. While the following actions will need to be performed on each team site (and each list for the Sync button) instead of site wide through the site collection, these actions do accomplish our goal. To disable the Follow Content feature across all team sites, to speed up this process it can be done via the SharePoint Management Shell (not Central Administration). I will cover this in a future post.

To disable “Share” button 

  1. Go to Site Permissions
  2. Select Access Request Settings
  3. Un-check Allow access request
  4. Click OK

Disabling the Share button will need to be performed on each team site.

To disable “Follow” button

  1. Go to Site Features
  2. Deactivate feature: Following Content
  3. Click Deactivate this feature

Disabling the Follow button will need to be performed on each team site.

Disable “Sync” button

  1. Go to library settings
  2. Go to Advanced settings
  3. Say No to Offline Client Availability

Disabling the Sync button will need to be performed on each library.


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