How to Disable Zemanta on Movable Type 5

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Zemanta is a really cool plugin that comes bundled standard with Movable Type in the most recent versions available (both for MT 4.x and 5.x).  While you are writing a blogpost, it automatically scans the contents for keywords and offers you various recommendations of related content, like links, images or tags.  With one click you can then add these to your post.  However, Zemanta's controls can take up quite a bit of screen real estate and on slower computers with a bad internet connection it can also slow you down.  This can be annoying, especially if you are not using any of its functions.
(the coloured areas are added by Zemanta)

Although the sidebar widget does have a 'close' link, it only closes it for the current entry.  The next entry you start writing will bring the full widget and associated tags/links options right back.

So what is the proper way to get rid of the Zemanta widget?  It is easy if you know it: simply disable the Zemanta plugin from the system plugin settings screen.  First, open the main menu (in MT5) and click 'System Overview'.


Then open the 'Tools' menu and click 'Plugins':


Finally, locate 'Zemanta' in the list of plugins:

Now hit the 'Disable' button, and you are done!

If you later want to re-enable Zemanta, simply click the 'Enable' button again.

Note: this procedure will disable Zemanta for all blogs on your installation.  There is no way to turn it on or off selectively for certain blogs as far as I know.  If there is, don't hesitate to leave a comment!

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