SharePoint Search Scope Drop Down Missing?

SharePoint 2010 search drop downs such as “All Sites”, “People” missing in site collections? Shows only “Search This site…” in search box? Well, That’s the default setup in SharePoint 2010.
sharepoint 2010 search scope drop down missing

Enable SharePoint search scope drop-down:

How to enable search scope drop down in SharePoint 2010? Simple! Follow these steps:

Make sure you have a Search Center site created already, before proceeding to these steps.
  1. Go to Site Actions >> Site Settings 
  2. Click on “Search Settings” link under Site Collection Administration group. sharepoint 2010 search scope drop down missing
  3. Under “Site Collection Search Center” section, Choose “Enable Search Scopes” and enter the URL of your search center.
  4. On “Site Collection Search Dropdown Mode”, choose “Show Search Dropdown”
  5. Click “Ok” to save your changes.

Now the search box should show you a drop-down with “All Sites”, “People” Scopes in SharePoint 2010 sites along with “This Site” scope.
sharepoint 2010 search scope drop down

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