New web application greyed out SharePoint 2016

In this post, we will be fixing New web application greyed out SharePoint 2016 that you may face when creating a new web application using Central Administration in SharePoint 2016 and SharePoint 2013.

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New web application greyed out SharePoint 2016

In SharePoint 2016 / 2013, I have tried to create a new SharePoint web application using Central Administration by doing the following:

  • Application management > New Web application.

But unfortunately, the SharePoint New web application disabled as shown below:

New web application greyed out SharePoint 2016

Why SharePoint new web application disabled?

The “New web application greyed out SharePoint 2016” issue usually occurs in case,

  • The current user didn’t have sufficient privilege to create a new web application.
  • You didn’t run the Central Administration as Administrator.

Solving new web application greyed out SharePoint 2016

  • Make sure that the current login account is
    • SharePoint Farm account.
    • Or a member of SharePoint Farm Administrator group.
  • Try to run Central Administration as administrator as shown below.
Run Central Administration as Administrator

If the issue still persists, you should ensure that

  • The user should be a member of the farm administrator group and local administrator group on the server.
  • The central administration URL should be added within the local intranet zone by following the mentioned steps below:
  • Open IE > Navigate to Central Admin > Go to tools menu > Internet Options.
tools-internet options
  • Security Tab > Local Intranet > Click on sites button > Check automatically detect intranet network > Click Advanced button > Click Add button > Close.
Local Intranet in Internet Explorer
  • Try to restart IE again, The new button should be enabled.
Enable New SharePoint web application button in Central Administration

Note: If the issue still persists, you should use the Setup user administrator account that has been used to set up SharePoint.


Applies To

  • SharePoint 2016
  • SharePoint 2013.
  • SharePoint 2010.
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3 thoughts on “New web application greyed out SharePoint 2016”

    1. Add your site to compatibility view and intranet local sites or try to run as a diff user and login as farm account else you don’t have sufficient privilege with your login user so tell SharePoint admin to add you in farm admin group in CA

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