Search is essential on any site to help users track down content, whether it's information they want to locate quickly or can't find in the navigation.
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Global search on Intranet Connections was significantly improved with Version 13.0, and this article refers to functionality that didn't exist in earlier versions. If you're on an earlier version and would like to upgrade, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Global Search Functions
After performing a search you'll land on a results page which shows results from 'all' categories by default (see (1) in below image). You can also click on the categories of Documents, Forms, People, Pages, or Events (i.e. calender or training App items) to see filtered search results from that category (as applicable).
To get more specific in your search, if you click on Search Tools ((2) in below image) you can filter results by site, application, date range, tag, or content author.
For each search result (below), the green clickable breadcrumbs display the intranet location. This allows the user to jump to the site, application or folder of the item immediately from the search result. Each item also shows the last modified date, plus description text which is either a short description or content snippet with the matching search term in bold (whichever is the best match for the keyword searched).
When you mouse over a search result you'll see a double arrow (1) - clicking on this will reveal the Preview Card with the item name (2). These cards show summary information for almost any item returned in search, making it easier to determine which result is correct. The Cards also have Quick Action Links (3) which jump straight to actions (e.g. impersonate, edit document, register for training, etc), reducing the number of clicks.
Ordering of Search Results
When you use global search, search results will return results in the following order:
- Search term matches in the Title of an item (e.g. name of a document, event, form, person, etc.)
- Search term matches in short custom fields (i.e. all custom fields added to an application except HTML fields (e.g. webdoc))
- Search term matches in the content of an item (i.e. contents in an uploaded file or in HTML field)
Technically, we use a best search field match, with the priority given to the Title field. This means if the same search term is matched the same number of times in two fields, the search field that has the shorter amount of content will be shown higher in the search results.
Exact Phrase Matching
Putting a search terms in quotes (e.g. "code of conduct"), looks for results based on the exact order of words within quotes, and only exact phrase matches will be returned. If the words weren't in quotes, it would search for the words rather than the exact phrase. Note that you can search by either separate search terms or exact phrase match, but not both.
Note that partial matching of words isn't supported.
Custom Search URLs
Notice that as you click on a different category, add keywords, or use Search Tool options, the URL in your web browser automatically updates. If you cut and paste the link, all options are automatically retained which lets you pre-configure search options and make them available through a link.
For example, you could create a menu item called "Policy Search", and link to the search page using a link like https://INTRANET-URL/search/execute#q=policy&c=Document, which would link to a pre-executed search for policy in the Document category.
From the Intranet Connections Blog
Some Search settings can be altered for the entire intranet. To access these, click Admin top right, and on the Setup tab under Global Config, click Site Search. Now you can:
- Limit the pages where the Search box appears - the empty white box can show on some or all of your intranet pages, as you choose in the drop-down box
- Alter the position of the Search box - the empty white box can show above the links for My Profile | My Dashboard or below the top Global Navigation bar
- Re-index site data - indexing of site data should occur on its own, but on occasion you may want to re-index if there are issues or you've altered significant content. This process can take anywhere from 10 minutes to a few hours, depending on the number of files stored in the intranet. While the search index is being re-built, items won't be returned in search until the re-index process has added them. For sites with hundreds of files, we recommend re-indexing outside of regular office hours.
- Keyword filter - if you want certain words ignored during user searches, add them here to the default words shown here
Sites, Pages & Apps in Search Results
For every Site, Page, or App, you can choose whether you want it to be included in the Global Search. By default, all intranet content will be included in Global Search unless you specify otherwise.
If you want to exclude content from the Global Search, the process is very similar for Sites, Pages, and Apps:
- When you're on the Site/Page/App, under Toolbox on the right, click Site Admin/Page Admin/App Admin as applicable.
- Click Properties, top right.
- Uncheck the box which mentions global searches, or (for Apps) click Site Search then uncheck the box (depending on the setup of what you're editing).
- Click Save to finish.