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In the current site we have a search center, but we would need to customize it to be able to filter by content type before the user types the search.

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This is possible with Advanced Search. You can follow the guide at http://waelmohamed.wordpress.com/2011/05/31/add-custom-search-properties-in-your-advanced-search-sharepoint-2010/ where it does exactly what you need. On step 6, when you add the mapping to the crawled property, just select "ows_ContentType" instead of "ReferenceNo" that the guide uses.

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I really need step by step instructions. thx –  L.V. Sharepoint Architect Feb 9 '12 at 13:09

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