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Delete items from the search index or from search results in SharePoint Server 2013

SharePoint 2013

Published: July 16, 2012

Summary: Learn how to remove an item from the search index or SharePoint search results by removing the URL.

Applies to:  SharePoint Server 2013 

If you want to remove an item from the search index or from the search results, you remove the URL of that item. To remove a URL from the search index, use the Remove the Item from the Index option that is available through the crawl log. To remove a URL from search results, use the Search Result Removal feature that allows for bulk URL removal. This can provide a more efficient method if many search results should be removed.

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Before you begin

note Note:

Because SharePoint 2013 runs as websites in Internet Information Services (IIS), administrators and users depend on the accessibility features that browsers provide. SharePoint 2013 supports the accessibility features of supported browsers. For more information, see the following resources:

Before you begin this operation, review the following information about prerequisites:

  • Create a Search service application

  • Add one or more content sources

  • Perform at least one full crawl

Remove an item from the search index

To remove an item from the search index

  1. Verify that the user account that is performing this procedure is an administrator for the Search service application.

  2. On the SharePoint Central Administration home page, in the Application Management section, click Manage service applications.

  3. On the Manage Search Applications page, click the Search service application.

  4. On the Search Administration page, in the Diagnostics section, click Crawl Log.

  5. On the Crawl Log page, click URL View.

  6. Do one of the following:

    1. If you know the URL of the item that you want to remove, type the URL in the box.

    2. If you do not know the URL of the item that you want to remove, search for it by using the filters Content Source, Status or Message.

  7. Click Search.

  8. Find and point to the URL of the item that you want to remove, click the arrow and then click Remove the item from the Index.

  9. In the confirmation dialog that appears, click OK to confirm that you want to remove the item from the index.

  10. Verification: the text Removed from the search index by Admin appears under the URL in the crawl log.

Remove an item from the search results

To remove an item from the search results

  1. Verify that the user account that is performing this procedure is an administrator for the Search service application.

  2. On the SharePoint Central Administration home page, in the Application Management section, click Manage service applications.

  3. On the Manage Search Applications page, click the Search service application.

  4. On the Search Administration page, in the Queries and Results section, click Search Result Removal.

  5. On the Exclude URLs From Search Results page, in the URLs to remove box, type the URLs of the items that you want to remove from the search results.

  6. Click Remove Now.

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