Control Search Indexing (Crawling) Within a Page with Noindex

SharePoint provides the ability to control search indexing (a.k.a. “crawling”) within a page by using a div class named “noindex”.  This means you can flag some content on a page that should not be indexed for search results, while other content on the page is still indexed.  The typical scenario that requires this is common…

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Colleagues, Social Distance & Relevance in People Search; Social Networking tools

This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. MOSS provides some very powerful features to enable the new buzzword “social networking.”  Discussions about these can be found pretty easily, and I give an overview of some tools near the end of this posting.  But specifics about how some of the details work has…

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MOSS Search UI Architecture - Introduction

This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. To modify SharePoint’s default search behaviors, it’s important to understand how the user interface elements for search work together to specify a query, execute a search and display the results.  The following high-level overview shows how searches are executed and displayed.   1.       The search…

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MOSS Search Query Syntax - Keyword, SQL and URL

This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. MOSS 2007’s search engine supports three different types of query syntax: Keyword, SQL and URL.   MSDN article Building Windows SharePoint Services Search Queries gives a reference for these syntaxes.  What it doesn’t make clear is that MOSS’s out-of-box Search UI only exposes Keyword Syntax, and…

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Search Results Page may be different per Search Scope

This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 provides two categories of search scopes: Custom and Contextual. Custom scopes: “All Sites” “People” The custom search scopes created via the search or site admin pages Contextual scopes: “This Site” “This List” Issue Search behaves slightly differently between these categories. …

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Workaround for broken search controls in B2TR

This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Since upgrading from B2 to B2TR, many people have reported that their search scope dropdown box now only shows a single scope for the current site, and that the Advanced Search link has disappeared.  Some people have fixed this by creating new sites or site…

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Searching with Property Filters

This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. SharePoint can search for content using the values in site columns, as well as performing free text searches.  The official help page that describes this is at http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms476494.aspx.  This posting gives some more examples of ways in which this is useful. The names of the…

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Very quick intro to portal/search concepts for SPS 2003 people

This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. The term “Area” is no longer used in MOSS 2007.  Areas were implemented as subsites, however, and it is still possible to create subsites on the Portal.  The ability to manage the hierarchy and navigation of subsites replaces the ability to reorganize Topic Areas on…

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