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Is it possible to exclude the link to a list but still include its items in search results? For instance, can I exclude the actual link to a document library (say http://intranet/documents) but still include the documents within the library (http://intranet/documents/file.docx)? And if so, how?

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Lists / Document Libraries are displayed to end users via List Views, and list views are just ASPX pages with list web parts. You can choose whether to include the contents of ASPX pages in search results however this is site collection wide setting and I do not know it will work for your scenario. These are the available options:

  • Do not index Web Parts if this site contains fine-grained permissions
  • Always index all Web Parts on this site
  • Never index any Web Parts on this site
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