Searching for People on SharePoint

Searching for People on SharePoint

Finding the right person can help get things done quickly. With you can search SharePoint profiles directly from Outlook. You can search by name or other SharePoint user profile details, such as skills, current projects, or title. When searching for the first or last name of a person, uses SharePoint's "fuzzy search" option. This option searches for names phonetically according to the text entered in the search field. For example, entering the name John could bring up results for John, Joe, Joseph, Jonathan, etc.

To search for people:

Note: To search for people, you must have a configured social server.

  1. Open the People tab, click the search scope selector and choose People.
  2. Follow one of these search options:
    • To search for a term (such as name or a profile details) in all people attributes, type the term and press Enter or click the Go icon (The Go icon).
    • To search for a term in a specific attribute, such as First name, Last name, or Title:
      The search bar.
      1. Click an attribute from the Search by list to select it.
      2. Type the search term after the colon (:) and press Enter, or click the Go icon.
        Searching for people that their first name contains 'Annie'.
      Note: the colon operator searches for people that contain the specified text. To search for an exact match, delete the colon operator and replace it with the equal (=) sign.
    • To repeat a recent search, click the search bar while it is empty to see the last 3 people search terms. Select a search term to repeat the search.
    Tip: You can copy a search query from the search bar and paste it in the SharePoint Web UI search box.
  3. Search results are displayed in the sidebar, sorted by relevance as defined by SharePoint. To learn more about the displayed information read Viewing people information.

Viewing search results.

Note: Phonetic name matching and nickname matching is available in SharePoint 2013 or later, and SharePoint 2010 (provided this feature has been enabled by the SharePoint Administrator).

Tip: You can start typing a name or a user profile detail to filter the list. If no matches were found, click the Try searching again in SharePoint link to start a people search.