Enable or disable site collection features

As the admin for either Office 365 for enterprises or SharePoint Server 2013, you can enable features for a site collection making them available to all sites within the collection. You can also disable a feature that is no longer needed. For example, before you can use the publishing template to create a publishing site, you have to enable the SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure feature first.

To enable or disable a site collection feature:

  1. Go to > Site Settings > Site Collection Administration > Site collection features.
  2. Do one of the following:
  • Click Activate to enable the site collection feature.
  • Click Deactivate to disable the site collection feature.

In some cases, there is a corresponding application or service that needs to be installed or enabled before a site collection feature will work. See the tables below for details.

Office 365 Site collection features

If you are an Office 365 for enterprises subscriber, the following site collection features are available to you:

Feature Name Description Related feature or service
Aggregated Business Calendar Displays multiple business calendars in an overlay alongside Exchange and SharePoint calendars. None
Content Type Syndication Hub Specifies an existing site as the Enterprise Metadata Hub and adds functionality to the site that is implemented through the Enterprise Metadata Shared Services Application. None
Cross-Farm Site Permissions Allows internal SharePoint applications to access websites across farms. None
Custom Site Collection Help Creates a Help library that can be used to store custom help for a site collection. None
Disposition Approval Workflow Manages document expiration and retention by allowing users to decide whether to retain or delete expired documents. Workflow feature
Document ID Service Assigns unique, readable document IDs to documents in the site collection which can be used to retrieve items independent of their current location and helps manage and track information. Enables the Document ID Web Part
Document Sets Provides the content types required for creating and using Document Sets which can be used to manage multiple documents as a single entity. Each Document Set has its own version history, workflow, and shared metadata while each content item retains its own specific version history, workflow, and metadata. None
Duet End User Help Collection Enables the Duet End User Help Collection. None
Duet Enterprise Reports Content Types Defines the fields and content types that will be used by Duet Enterprise Reports. None
In Place Records Management Enables the definition and declaration of records in-place. Instead of managing records in an archive, you can use in-place records management to manage records in the same document repository as active documents. When you declare that a document is a record, it remains in the same location, but it is managed as a record. You can decide what actions cause an active document to become a record, restrict who can perform records-related operations, restrict what actions users can perform on records, and specify a retention policy for active documents. None
Library and Folder Based Retention Allows list administrators to override content type retention schedules and set schedules on lists, libraries, and folders None
Limited-access user permission lockdown mode

When enabled, permissions for users with “limited access” permissions, such as Anonymous Users, are reduced, preventing access to Application pages including item properties or list views. Additionally, if a document, folder, or library has unique permissions, those users will not be able to:

  • Use the drag and drop feature to upload documents
  • Browse to the affected folder
  • Use the Shared with feature
  • Open documents in the Office client
  • Some callout features on documents and folders will not render as expected.
Open Documents in Client Applications by Default Configures links to documents so they open in client applications instead of in the browser by default. None
Project Server Approval Content Type Used by the Project Server Approval workflow. Microsoft Project Server 2013
Project Web App Ribbon Enables the ribbon controls for Project Web App pages.

Microsoft Project Server 2013

Project Application Service

Project Web App Settings Project Web App Project Management (PMO) settings.

Microsoft Project Server 2013

Project Application Service

Publishing Approval Workflow Routes a page for approval. Approvers can approve or reject the page, reassign the approval task, or request changes to the page. This workflow can be edited in SharePoint Designer. None
Reporting Creates reports about information collected in SharePoint Online. None
Reports and Data Search Support Provides content types, site columns, and library templates required to support Reports and Data Search in the Enterprise Search Center. None
Sample Proposal Adds the sample workflow for Project Server.

Microsoft Project Server 2013

Project Application Service

Search Engine Sitemap Automatically generating a search engine sitemap containing all valid URLs in a SharePoint website on a recurring basis which can be used to improve search engine optimization. Anonymous access must be enabled
Search Server Web Parts and Templates

Enables the following Search Server Web Parts:

  • Advanced Search Box
  • Dual Chinese Search
  • People Refinement Panel
  • People Search Box
  • People Search Core Results
  • Related Queries
  • Refinement Panel
  • Search Action Links
  • Search Best Bets
  • Search Statistics
  • Federated Results
  • Top Federated Results
See Web Part List
SharePoint 2007 Workflows Enables an aggregated set of out-of-box workflow features provide by SharePoint 2007. None
SharePoint Server Enterprise Site Collection features

Enables the following services:

  • InfoPath Forms Services
  • Visio Services
  • Access Services
  • Excel Services
Applies only to the SharePoint Server Enterprise License
SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure Enables a set of Web Content Management functionality such as Team Sites and Public-facing websites. This includes centralized libraries, content types, master pages, and page layouts. Enables page scheduling and other publishing functionality for a site collection. None
SharePoint Server Standard Site Collection features

Enables the following services:

  • User Profile Service
  • Search Service
Applies only to the SharePoint Server Standard License
Site Policy Allows site collection administrators to define retention schedules that apply to a site and all of its content. None
Three-state workflow Enables the workflow that is used to track items in a list. None
Video and Rich Media Provides libraries, content types, and Web Parts for storing, managing, and viewing rich media assets like images, sound clips, and videos. None
Workflows Enables an aggregated set of out-of-box workflow features. None

SharePoint Server 2013 Site collection features

If you are a SharePoint Server 2013 admin, the following site collection features are available to you:

Feature Name Description Dependencies
Content Deployment Source Feature Enables content deployment specific checks on the source site collection and enables you to set up content deployment from this site collection to a target site collection. None
Content Type Syndication Hub Specifies an existing site as the Enterprise Metadata Hub and adds functionality to the site that is implemented through the Enterprise Metadata Shared Services Application. None
Cross-Farm Site Permissions Allows internal SharePoint applications to access websites across farms. None
Cross-Site Collection Publishing Enables the designation of lists and document libraries as catalog sources for publishing information across site collections. None
Custom Site Collection Help Creates a Help library that can be used to store custom help for this site collection. Custom Site Collection Help
Disposition Approval Workflow Manages document expiration and retention by allowing participants to decide whether to retain or delete expired documents. Disposition Approval Workflow
Document ID Service Assigns IDs to documents in the Site Collection, which can be used to retrieve items independent of their current location. Document ID Service
Document Sets Provides the content types required for creating and using document sets. Create a document set when you want to manage multiple documents as a single work product. None
In Place Records Management Enables the definition and declaration of records in-place. Instead of managing records in an archive, you can use in-place records management to manage records in the same document repository as active documents. When you declare that a document is a record, it remains in the same location, but it is managed as a record. You can decide what actions cause an active document to become a record, restrict who can perform records-related operations, restrict what actions users can perform on records, and specify a retention policy for active documents. None
Library and Folder Based Retention Allows list administrators to override content type retention schedules and set schedules on lists, libraries, and folders. None
Limited-access user permission lockdown mode

When enabled, permissions for users with “limited access” permissions such as Anonymous Users are reduced, preventing access to Application pages including item properties or list views. Additionally, if a document, folder, or library has unique permissions, those users will not be able to:

  • Use the drag and drop feature to upload documents
  • Browse to the affected folder
  • Use the Shared with feature
  • Open documents in the Office client
  • Some callout features on documents and folders will not render as expected.
None
Open Documents in Client Applications by Default Configures links to documents so they open in client applications instead of in the browser by default. None
PerformancePoint Services Site Collection Features Enables the PerformancePoint Services site including content types and site definitions for the site collection. Microsoft PerformancePoint service
Publishing Approval Workflow Routes a page for approval. Approvers can approve or reject the page, reassign the approval task, or request changes to the page. This workflow can be edited in SharePoint Designer. None
Reporting Creates reports about information collected in SharePoint Online. None
Reports and Data Search Support Provides content types, site columns, and library templates required to support Reports and Data Search in the Enterprise Search Center.
Search Engine Sitemap Automatically generating a search engine sitemap containing all valid URLs in a SharePoint website on a recurring basis which can be used to improve search engine optimization. Anonymous access must be enabled.
Search Server Web Parts and Templates

Enables the following Search Server Web Parts:

  • Advanced Search Box
  • Dual Chinese Search
  • People Refinement Panel
  • People Search Box
  • People Search Core Results
  • Related Queries
  • Refinement Panel
  • Search Action Links
  • Search Best Bets
  • Search Statistics
  • Federated Results
  • Top Federated Results
See Web Part List
SharePoint 2007 Workflows Enables an aggregated set of out-of-box workflow features provide by SharePoint 2007. None
SharePoint Server Enterprise Site Collection features

Enables the following services:

  • InfoPath Forms Services
  • Visio Services
  • Access Services
  • Excel Services
Applies only to the SharePoint Server Enterprise License
SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure Enables a set of Web Content Management functionality such as Team Sites and Public-facing websites. This includes centralized libraries, content types, master pages, and page layouts. Enables page scheduling and other publishing functionality for a site collection. None
SharePoint Server Standard Site Collection features

Enables the following services:

  • User Profile Service
  • Search Service
Applies only to the SharePoint Server Standard License
Site Policy Allows site collection administrators to define retention schedules that apply to a site and all of its content. None
Three-state workflow Enables the workflow that is used to track items in a list. None
Video and Rich Media Provides libraries, content types, and Web Parts for storing, managing, and viewing rich media assets like images, sound clips, and videos.
Workflows Enables an aggregated set of out-of-box workflow features. None

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Applies to:
SharePoint Online Enterprise (E1), SharePoint Online Enterprise (E3 & E4), SharePoint Online Midsized Business, SharePoint Online Small Business, SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise, SharePoint Server 2013 Standard