Saturday, June 2, 2012

Setting up Scopes in SharePoint Search Results

Requirement is: When user search from a particular site collection, either the default search result or advanced search result, should get content ONLY from a list of sites.

Solution? Search Scopes! Search scopes in SharePoint allows users to narrow down the search results based on content sources, web addresses, and metadata. So, I created a scope "Search All Marketing Sites" to include all marketing websites URLs. Now, I'm jumping to setting up scope on Search results directly.

For Default Search Results:
I created a separate search center site, edited the search results page (/SearchCenter/Pages/Results.aspx) Search core results web part properties, Expand the Miscellaneous section and entered the scope.
sharepoint search scope result page
SharePoint search scope result page
Pretty straight forward, isn't it?

How about Advanced Search?
For advanced search, scopes are not configured in web part properties as in default search results. But, Its on Site collection's scope settings. Navigate to top level site collection's Site settings >> Search Scopes and then click on "Advanced Search"
sharepoint search core results scope
This will show all available scopes. Choose the desired scope from the list and click OK.
sharepoint 2007 search results scope Once done, All the advanced search results page will be restricted to the specified scope.

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