Searching for content in SharePoint

Searching for content in SharePoint

SharePoint's document index allows you to search for content inside documents, and in document/item metadata.

To search for documents/items or for content in documents/items:

From the search bar you can search the current SharePoint site or library for documents.

  1. In the harmon.ie sidebar, click the Search icon (The Search icon) in the navigation/search omnibox.
  2. Optionally, select the column in which you want to search. The default columns you can search in are Author, File Name, File Extension, Title, and Size. Your administrator can configure searching by email columns as well.
  3. Optionally, select the search scope:
    • Current Folder to search for content in the current folder or document set (this option is only available if the current location is one of those).
    • Current Library to search for content in the current/containing library.
    • Current List to search for content in the current list (this option is only available if the current location is a list).
    • Current Channel to search for content in the Files location of the current Teams channel (this option is only available if the current location is a channel).
    • Current Team to search for content in all Files locations of the current/containing Team.
    • All Teams and Groups to search for content in all Files locations of all Teams and Groups.
    • Current Site to search for content in the current/containing site.
    • All Locations to search for content across all site collections.
  4. Type a word or a phrase that you want to search for in the navigation/search omnibox.
  5. Click the Go icon (The Go icon), or press Enter, to search for your phrase.
    -or -
    To repeat a recent search, click the navigation/search omnibox while it is empty to see the last 3 search terms. Select a search term to repeat the search.

Limitation: When searching for content using the Current Site / All Locations of Site search scopes, the information for the returned documents may be partial (for example, the document name may be shown with no extension). In such cases the Copy command is not available. As a work around, right-click the document and click Open Containing Folder. From there you can copy the document.

To view the search results:

  • Search results are displayed in the sidebar's document list. The sidebar sorts the matching items in order of relevance, as defined by SharePoint.
  • You can use the Visible Columns dialog to determine which columns are displayed in the search results. By default, the Icon, Name, and Path of each search result item are shown.
  • When selecting an item from the search results, the search context pane displays where in the document/item the searched phrase was found. The navigation search omnibox, at the top of the sidebar, shows the breadcrumbs of where the selected item is located on the SharePoint server.
  • The status pane shows the number of returned results, and offers to extend the search scope.
  • Click the Tree View Navigation icon (Tree View Navigation icon) to open a panel showing the location of the selected result in a tree view, for quick navigation.

The search results are displayed in harmon.ie document list, togehter with the search context and the breadcrumbs of each document.

To extend the search scope:

If you did not find the document you were looking for in the search results, you can extend the search to the parent scope, by clicking the Search link in the status pane:

  • If you searched inside a folder, document set, or channel, harmon.ie suggests to Extend search scope to: Current Library.
  • If you searched inside a library, harmon.ie suggests to Extend search scope to: Current Site.
  • If you searched inside a site, harmon.ie suggests to Extend search scope to: All Locations, which searches in all the site collections.

To open the containing location:

To open the location where the search result item is found, right-click the document and select Open Containing Site/Library/Folder/Location/List from the document context menu.

To close the search:

To return from the search results view to the previous SharePoint location, click the Close icon (The Close icon) on the search bar.

Notes:

  • If you configured to hide subsites and workspaces for the current site in application options, (see Adding and editing SharePoint sites), search results from subsites and workspaces are not displayed.
  • To learn more about searching in SharePoint, read SharePoint Search.
  • In some cases the search results in harmon.ie and SharePoint's web interface are slightly different. Learn the differences in search results between harmon.ie and SharePoint.
  • If you used the All Locations of Site scope in order to search across site collections, only items from site collections you have access to are shown in the returned search results.
  • Documents from other people's OneDrive/My Sites are included in search results when All Locations of Site scope is used.
  • Limitation: Searching in Sharepoint Foundation 2010 does not return results unless it is performed from the server root site.