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SharePoint 2016 Central Admin – System Settings– Manage Farm Features

When you click on the Manage Farm Feature link, you will be landed on Manage Farm features page. This page will give an option to the activate / deactivate the features at SharePoint farm level.

Manage Farm Features page’s direct link: /_admin/ManageFarmFeatures.aspx

We all know about the features that it is packaged functionality which you can activate or deactivate in SharePoint. Features can be scoped to Farm level, Web Application level, Site collection level or Site level.

In SharePoint, we have OOTB features which deployed with installation of SharePoint, Alongside it we can have custom features which developed by our developer or if we have any 3rd party product installed in SharePoint.

SharePoint central admin give us control activate a given features or deactivate give feature.


Here is the list of OOTB features which are deployed to SharePoint Server 2016 Enterprise farm.

Name of Feature Description Status
Connect to Office” Ribbon Controls Adds entry points in the ribbon user interface for creating library shortcuts in the user’s SharePoint Sites list if they have a recent version of Office installed. Office will periodically cache templates available in those libraries on the user’s local machine. Active 
Access Service Add Access Application Feature Stapler Enables the Access Services Add Access Application feature in each site that is created. Active 
Access Services 2010 Farm Feature Adds farm-level Access Services 2010 Features to the Microsoft SharePoint Foundation framework Active 
Access Services Farm Feature Adds farm-level Access Services Features to the Microsoft SharePoint Foundation framework Active 
Cloud Video Thumbnail Provider Provides the functions to generate thumbnails for videos. Active 
Data Connection Library Adds Data Connection Library feature Active 
Excel Services Application View Farm Feature Adds farm-level Excel Services Application viewing features to the Microsoft SharePoint Foundation framework Active 
Excel Services Application Web Part Farm Feature Adds farm-level Excel Services Application web part features to the Microsoft SharePoint Foundation framework Active 
Farm Level Exchange Tasks Sync Enables the Exchange Sync Timer Job for Work Management Service Application. Customizes the ribbon for SharePoint Server Tasks lists, enabling users to opt in and out of the Work Management synchronization with Exchange Server. Not
Global Web Parts Installs additional web parts common to all types of sites. Active 
Office.com Entry Points from SharePoint This feature enables entry points from the SharePoint user interface that allow users to browse SharePoint solutions from Office.com Active 
Offline Synchronization for External Lists Enables offline synchronization for external lists with Outlook and SharePoint Workspace. Active 
SharePoint Server to Server Authentication This feature provides the server to server authentication capabilities. Active 
Site Mailboxes Enables the provisioning of an Exchange mailbox for sites on this farm and connects the documents from the site to Outlook. Not
Social Tags and Note Board Ribbon Controls Adds entry points for social tagging and note board commenting to the ribbon user interface. Active 
Spell Checking Enable the Spell Checking in list-item edit forms. Active 
User Profile User Settings Provider This feature provisions the User Profile User Settings Provider. Active 
Visio Process Repository Visio Process Repository document library feature Active 
Visio Web Access View Visio Web Drawings in the browser Active

To activate a Feature

Please follow the below steps to activate a feature.

  • Login to Central admin with account member of farm administrator group and also local admin on the server.
  • Go to the System Settings > Manage Farm feature.
  • On this page, click on the Activate Button in front of the feature. I.e. Access Services Farm Feature.
  • It will refresh page and now status change to Active.

To Deactivate a Feature

Please follow the below steps to deactivate a feature.

  • Login to Central admin with account member of farm administrator group and also local admin on the server.
  • Go to the System Settings > Manage Farm feature.
  • On this page, click on the Activate Button in front of the feature. I.e. Access Services Farm Feature.
  • It will show a warning page, on the page click Deactivate this feature
  • It will return to manage feature page and status of feature is now deactivate.

In this article, we learned how to activate / deactivate a features using Central admin.

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