Configure properties of the Search Box Web Part


When you create an Enterprise Search Center site collection as described in Create a Search Center site in SharePoint Server 2013, SharePoint 2013 creates a default search home page and a default search results page. In addition, several pages known as search verticals are also created. Search verticals are customized for searching specific content, such as People, Conversations, and Videos, and they display search results that are filtered and formatted for a specific content type or class.

The following pages are created in an Enterprise Search Center site collection:

  • default.aspx: the home page for the Search Center, and the page where end-users enter their queries.
  • results.aspx: the default search results page for the Search Center. It is also the search results page for the Everything search vertical.
  • peopleresults.aspx: the search results page for the People search vertical.
  • conversationresults.aspx: the search results page for the Conversations search vertical.
  • videoresults.aspx: the search results page for the Videos search vertical.
  • advanced.aspx: the search page where end-users can apply some restrictions to their search phrases — for example, limiting the search to an exact phrase.

These pages are located in the Pages library, and they contain Web Parts that you can customize to improve the end-user search experience. This article describes the Web Parts on these pages, and how you can configure the different Web Parts settings to improve how search results are displayed.

By default, the Web Parts on the search vertical pages (results.aspx, peopleresults.aspx, conversationresults.aspx, videoresults.aspx, advanced.aspx) are the same. However the query in the Search Results Web Part is configured differently for each search vertical page. For each search vertical page, the query in the Search Results Web Part is directed to a particular result source. This can be a result source that defines the search vertical or any result source that you want to direct queries to when you create a custom search vertical. For example, for the peopleresults.aspx search vertical page, the query in the Search Results Web Part is limited to the Local People Results (System) result source. For the videoresults.aspx search vertical page, the query in the Search Results Web Part is limited to the Local Video Results (System).

By default, the Search Box Web Part is used on the home page for the Search Center (default.aspx), and all search results pages (results.aspx, peopleresults.aspx, conversationresults.aspx, videoresults.aspx). By changing properties in the Search Box Web Part you can you can do the following:

  • Change the Web Part or page where the search results should be displayed — for example, a custom Search Results Web Part or a custom search results page.
  • Turn off query suggestions and people suggestions. For more information about query suggestions, see Manage query suggestions in SharePoint Server 2013
  • Display links to a search preference page and an advanced search page.
  • Change the display template that is applied to the Web Part.

To configure the properties of a Search Box Web Part      

  1. Verify that the user account that performs this procedure is a member of the Designers SharePoint group on the Enterprise Search Center site.
  2. On the Search Center site home page, click the Settings menu, and then click Edit Page.
  3. In the Web Part, click the Search Box Web Part Menu arrow, and then click Edit Web Part.
  4. In the Web Part tool pane, in the Properties for Search Box section, expand the Which search results page should queries be sent to section, and then do the following:
    • To display the settings that are defined on the Search Settings page, select the Use this site’s Search Settings check box.
    • To override the settings that are defined on the Search Settings page, clear the Use this site’s Search Settings check box, and then do the following:
      • To display search results in a Web Part on the page, in the section Send queries to other Web Parts on this page, select a Web Part.
      • Note:
        If there are no other Web Parts on a page, search results will be sent to the search results page as specified on the Search Settings page.
    • To send queries to a custom search results page, select Send queries to a custom results page URL, and then type the URL of the custom search results page.
    • Note:
      You can’t send queries to a custom search results page that uses a friendly URL.
  5. In the Web Part tool pane, in the Properties for Search Box section, expand the Query Suggestions section, and then do the following:
    • To disable query suggestions, clear the Show suggestions check box.
    • To specify additional properties for query suggestions, change the values in the following fields:
      • Number of query suggestions: How many query suggestions to display.
      • Minimum number of characters: How many characters the user must type before query suggestions are displayed.
      • Suggestions delay (in milliseconds): How many milliseconds elapse before query suggestions are displayed.
      • Number of personal favorites: How many query suggestions are displayed to the user under the text Are you looking for these again? in the search results. These suggestions are based on search results that the user has clicked previously. To disable personal favorite results, clear the Show personal favorite results check box.
    • To turn on people name suggestions, select Show people name suggestions.
  6. In the Web Part tool pane, in the Properties for Search Box section, expand the Settings section, and then do the following:
    • To show a link to a search preference page, select Show preferences link.
    • To show a link to an advanced search page, select Show advanced link, and then in the Advanced search page URL box, type the URL of the advanced search page that you want to link to.
    • To apply another display template, in the Search box control Display Template list, select the display template that you want to apply to the Web Part.
    • Select the Make the search box have focus when the page is loaded check box to make it possible for users to immediately type a query in the search box when the page is loaded without first having to click the search box. By default, this is selected.

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