Here we will discuss how to follow or unfollow a SharePoint online site. Follow is a new feature introduced in SharePoint 2013. You can follow a site, People, Documents, and #Tags in SharePoint Online/2013/2016.
Follow feature will be helpful to easily and quickly communicate with one another as well as it will help you to keep you updated.
Follow a SharePoint Online Site
Open any SharePoint Online/2013 site, Click on the FOLLOW button which is presented in the top right corner like below:
It will display you a message as “Now following this site” once you successfully follow a site in SharePoint Online/2013.
Now suppose you do not want to follow that site then you can click on the Sites link which is presented at the top as shown in the fig below:
Here it will show you whatever sites you are following in the Sites I’m following section like below:
Unfollow SharePoint Online Site
Here click on the context menu for which site you want to unfollow and then click on the Stop following option as shown in the following fig.
After that, you successfully unfollowed from the SharePoint Online site.
Follow is a new feature in SharePoint 2013, which allows you to keep update you about things that you are interested in. You can follow a site, People, Documents and #Tags. We will see how to solve the Follow site option missing in SharePoint 2013/Online issue in SharePoint.
We will also discuss how we can Configure Following settings in SharePoint 2013.
Usually, follow link comes in the top right corner in the SharePoint site (for sites to follow). Sometimes you may not see the FOLLOW button in the top right corner like below where you can able to see only the SHARE and EDIT option.
Follow site option missing in SharePoint 2013/Online
To resolve this issue, Open your SharePoint Online site then click on the Settings Icon and then Site settings.
On the Site Settings page, click on Manage site feature which is under Site Actions section.
This will open the Site Features page. In this page search for “Following Content” feature. It might not be in activated state like below:
Click on the Activate button to activate the feature. Once activated successfully, it should appear like below:
Now if you open the site, Follow button should appear like below:
Configure Following settings in SharePoint 2013
As we know Follow is a new feature in SharePoint 2013, where you can follow an interest in specific document or person, site or tag etc. Once you follow an item then, new activities about that particular item will appear in the newsfeed of the users my site.
We can configure Following through Central Administration. And also you need to be an administrator for the user profile service application.
Follow the below steps to configure the following settings in SharePoint 2013.
Open SharePoint 2013 central administration, Then go to the Application Management section. Then from the Application Management page, Click on Manage service application under Service Applications.
Then select the user profile service application from the list of service applications. After that click on Manage from the Ribbon.
This will open the Manage Profile Service page for the particular App.
From there click on the Manage Following link from the My Site Settings section.
This will open the Manage Following page, where you can do settings for:
- Maximum number of followed people (Default and Maximum value are 1000)
- Maximum number of followed documents (Default and Maximum value are 500)
- Maximum number of followed sites (Default and Maximum value are 500), etc.
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This SharePoint Online tutorial explained, how to follow and unfollow a SharePoint Online site in SharePoint 2013/2016/Online.
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