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Activate or deactivate the SocialRibbonControl farm-level feature (SharePoint Server 2010)

SharePoint 2010
 

Applies to: SharePoint Server 2010

Topic Last Modified: 2011-11-10

A Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 farm-level feature called SocialRibbonControl causes the I Like It and Tags & Notes controls to be displayed on the Documents and Items tabs of the ribbon for document libraries and lists, as well as on all browse pages. These controls enable users to tag and rate items and to leave notes on Web pages, including the users' My Profile pages. By default, the SocialRibbonControl feature is enabled.

Disabling the SocialRibbonControl feature is not the same as removing the Use Social Features permission for a user or group. The ribbon control affects only the display of tabs and browse pages. You might want to disable the SocialRibbonControl feature if your organization has disabled the Use Social Features permission so users will not see the controls when they cannot use the social features of SharePoint Server 2010. When this feature is disabled, users will not see the I Like It and Tags & Notes selections on the ribbon or on browse pages.

Consider the following issues if you plan to disable the SocialRibbonControl feature:

  • The feature cannot be enabled for individual Web applications in a SharePoint farm.

  • Any associated user data or customizations might be lost, and any active features that depend on this feature might no longer function.

Before you perform this procedure, confirm the following:

In this article:

After you perform this procedure, users will not see the I Like It or Tags & Notes controls when they browse pages or edit document libraries and lists.

To activate or deactivate the SocialRibbonControl feature by using Central Administration
  1. Verify that you have the following administrative credentials:

  2. On the Central Administration Web site, in the System Settings section, click Manage farm features.

  3. In the list of features, in the Social Tags and Note Board Ribbon Controls row, do one of the following:

    • Click Activate.

    • ClickDeactivate, and then click Deactivate this feature.

After you perform this procedure, users will not see the I Like It or Tags & Notes controls when they browse pages or edit document libraries and lists.

To activate or deactivate the SocialRibbonControl feature by using Windows PowerShell
  1. Verify that you meet the following minimum requirements: See Add-SPShellAdmin.

  2. On the Start menu, click All Programs.

  3. Click Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products.

  4. Click SharePoint 2010 Management Shell.

  5. At the Windows PowerShell 2.0 command prompt, type one of the following commands:

    Enable-SPFeature -Identity "<name or GUID of SharePoint feature>"
    
    Disable-SPFeature -Identity "<name or GUID of SharePoint feature>"
    

    Where:

    • <name or GUID of SharePoint feature> is the name or GUID of the SharePoint feature you want to enable or disable.

      To find the name or GUID of a SharePoint feature, use the Get-SPFeature cmdlet.

The previous procedure illustrates a common way of using the Enable-SPFeature and Disable-SPFeature cmdlets to manage SharePoint Server 2010 farm-level features. You can specify different parameters to configure this command differently. For more information, see Enable-SPFeature, Disable-SPFeature, and Get-SPFeature.

noteNote
We recommend that you use Windows PowerShell when performing command-line administrative tasks. The Stsadm command-line tool has been deprecated, but is included to support compatibility with previous product versions.

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