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Search in SharePoint Server 2013

Administrators can configure search to enable users to find relevant information more quickly and easily than ever before. Search in SharePoint Server 2013 includes many of the capabilities of SharePoint Server 2010 and provides numerous improvements, such as in query processing and targeting of search results.


Learn about new search capabilities in SharePoint Server 2013, including ways to configure and monitor the system and improve search results.


Take some time to get an overview of the search components and processes, and use these resources to create a well-designed plan to install and configure search.

  • Organize content for search
    These best practices for organizing SharePoint content and applying useful metadata will help make sure that the right content is included in the search index and that the right content is returned in search results.
  • Plan crawling and federation
    Before end-users can use search functionality in SharePoint 2013, you must crawl or federate the content that you want to make available for users to search. Effective search depends on well-planned content sources, connectors, file types, crawl rules, authentication, and federation.
  • Scale search for performance and availability
    Determine hardware requirements and review considerations to scale out SharePoint search topologies for performance and availability.
  • Overview of search components, analytics processing, and the search schema
    Learn about the search components and databases, and how you can use them to return search results that match the user’s intent. Also, learn how you can use the search schema to build up the search index.
  • Plan to transform queries and order results
    Learn how you can transform queries to provide more targeted SharePoint search results and how you can influence the way search results are ordered and displayed.
  • Overview of search result ranking
    Learn how SharePoint 2013 uses ranking models to calculate the relevance rank of search results and how you can influence the order of search results by using query rules, the search schema and ranking models.


Learn about the features available for developers in Search in SharePoint 2013.


Learn how to create and configure a SharePoint Search service application so that you can crawl content and provide search results to users.


Learn how to improve search results and to manage crawling, the search schema and the search topology in SharePoint 2013.

  • Manage the search schema
    Manage the search schema to view, add, edit, map, and delete crawled properties, crawled property categories and managed properties.
  • Manage the Search Center
    Learn about how you configure the Web Parts in the pages in a Search Center site, including how to configure properties of the Search Box Web part, the Search Results Web Part, the Refinement Web Part, and the Search Navigation Web Part.
  • Manage search relevance
    Learn how you can configure settings to provide the most relevant search results, including creating and deploying a thesaurus and custom entity extractors; managing company name extraction, query suggestions, and query spelling corrections; and configuring authoritative pages.
  • Manage crawling
    Learn how to crawl the content that you want users to be able to search for, including managing continuous crawls and crawl rules; adding, editing, or deleting a content source; starting, pausing, resuming, or stopping crawls; resetting the search index; deleting items from the search index or from search results; and adding or removing file types from the search index.
  • Manage the search topology
    Learn how to retrieve, clone, add, move, remove and activate search components in the search topology using Windows PowerShell, including managing search components and the index component and changing the default search topology.
  • Back up and restore
    Learn about the tools and processes you can use to back up and restore the Search service application.
  • Use Windows PowerShell cmdlets to manage search
    Learn about the Windows PowerShell cmdlets that you can use to manage search.
  • Find technical reference articles
    Learn about default crawled file name extensions and parsed file types, default crawled and managed properties, default connectors and linguistics features per language for search.


Learn about what's new in search and use these tips as you submit search queries.

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