Enable search alerts (SharePoint Server 2010)


Applies to: SharePoint Server 2010

Topic Last Modified: 2010-06-08

Search alerts allow end-users to receive e-mail and SMS text message notification when specified search query results are changed or updated. Search alerts should be enabled when you want allow end-users to create alerts for search queries. Search alerts may be configured on the search query page when a search query is completed and results are displayed. Search alerts are created and configured per-user and are only configurable and viewable by the user who creates them. Use this procedure to enable search alerts.

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

  2. Open SharePoint 2010 Central Administration.

  3. In the Application Management section, click Manage service applications.

  4. On the Manage Service Applications page, click the Search service application for which you want to configure search alerts.

  5. On the Search Administration page, in the System Status section, locate Search alerts status.

  6. The search alerts status displays as Off Enable or On Disable.

  7. By default, search alerts are turned Off. Click Enable to turn on Search alerts.

The option is now set. Search alerts are sent only if outgoing e-mail is configured. For more information, see Configure outgoing e-mail (SharePoint Server 2010). Users can now create search alerts for search queries that they run. To configure search alerts for search queries, click the Alert Me icon on the Search Results page. The Alert Me icon is located on the Search Results page at the top of the search results pane next to the RSS icon. If search alerts are turned off, this icon does not appear.