Specify search settings for a site collection or a site

As a SharePoint Online administrator, you can specify how search should behave for a site collection or a site. The shared Search Box at the top of most pages will use these search settings. Any settings you specify on site collection level will apply to all sites within that site collection, unless you specify other settings for the site.

You can specify where searches should go by specifying the URL of your Search Center. For example, if you have created an Enterprise Search Center where users can search everything in your company, you can enter the URL of that site here. If you do not enter a Search Center URL, searches will go to the default Search Center, available at <host_name>/search/.

You can change which search results page queries are sent to. By default, queries are sent to the same search results page as the parent, but you can override this for a site collection or a site.

You can also configure search navigation for a site. With search navigation, users can move quickly between different search vertical pages. Navigation links are shown in the Search Navigation Web Part on search result pages, and can also be shown as a drop-down menu in the search box.

Note    It may take up to 30 minutes before changes take effect.

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Specify search settings for a site collection

Specify search settings for a site

Specify search settings for a site collection

  1. In your site collection, go to Settings, click Site settings and then under Site Collection Administration, click Search Settings.

  2. To specify a Search Center, in the Search Center URL box, type the URL of the Search Center site.

  3. To change which search result page queries are sent to, in the section Which search results page should queries be sent to?, clear Use the same results page settings as my parent, and then select one of the following:

    • Send queries to a custom results page URL.
      Enter the URL. Custom URLs can be relative or absolute, and can also include special tokens, such as {SearchCenterURL}.
      Example: /SearchCenter/Pages/results.aspx or http://server/sites/SearchCenter/Pages/results.aspx.

    • Turn on the drop-down menu inside the search box, and use the first Search Navigation node as the destination results page. If you choose this option, users can choose search vertical in the search box when they enter a query.

  4. Click OK.

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Specify search settings for a site

By default, a site has the same search settings as the site collection that the site belongs to. You can, however, override these settings by defining specific search settings for the site.

  1. On your site, go to Settings, click Site settings, and then under Search, click Search Settings.

  2. To specify a Search Center, in the Search Center URL box, type the URL of the Search Center site.

  3. To change which search result page queries are sent to, in the section Which search results page should queries be sent to?, clear Use the same results page settings as my parent, and then select one of the following:

    • Send queries to a custom results page URL.
      Enter the URL. Custom URLs can be relative or absolute, and can also include special tokens, such as {SearchCenterURL}.
      Example: /SearchCenter/Pages/results.aspx or http://server/sites/SearchCenter/Pages/results.aspx.

    • Turn on the drop-down menu inside the search box, and use the first Search Navigation node as the destination results page.
      Make sure that the search vertical you want as a default is the first option in the Configure Search Navigation section.

  4. To configure search navigation, edit settings in the Configure Search Navigation section as required. See the article Change settings for the Search Navigation Web Part for steps. You can, for example:

  5. Change the display name or the URL of a search vertical

  6. Change the order of the search vertical links

  7. Add a search vertical

  8. Click OK.

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Applies To: SharePoint Online



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