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SharePoint 2013 – Specialized Search Experience

SharePoint 2013 Enterprise search gives out a specialized search experience.

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For example, “Everything” will searches across all crawled contents while “People” searches only data related to people etc. In SharePoint 2013 we can customize this pretty quickly. For example, we can easily create a search experience for Microsoft Word documents.

Creating a specialized search experience is a two step process, the first step is to create a Result Source and the next step is to use Search Result webpart.

Creating Result Source

Open site settings and click on Result Sources
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Click on New Result Source
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Fill following details
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Now save and close the window.

Creating Search Results

First create a new Page and name is word-results.aspx

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Edit Search Results webpart using the context menu. And click on Change Query

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This will bring up the query builder window. Select “Word Results” from Select Query dropdown

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Click “Ok” and close the query builder tool. Apply and close the webpart properties pane. The page is ready which only returns search results containing word documents.

Next step is to edit the search experience links. For that, open site settings and click on search settings

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Click on Add Link and fill in the details

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Click OK and go to search center, now you can see your specialized search experience in action.

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