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I have deleted a document from my library (from the recycling bin as well) but when I search for it, it does still show up so I've been told to reset my search index but I'm not sure how to do this?

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What version of sharepoint (you should add the tag)? –  BGM Nov 23 '12 at 6:20
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Central Administration -> Application Management -> Manage Service Applications -> (Your Search Service Application)

From here, on the left, Crawling -> Index Reset.

Rather than reset your entire index, you can use Search Result Removal under the Queries and Results category. However, this will also write an exclusion rule to future crawls to ignore the document you're removing from the search results, so if you're just removing a single document, you can use this to immediately cull the result and then remove the exclusion so that future documents at that address won't be excluded (for example, if a document was inadvertently published prematurely).

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The search index is reset in Central Administration, specifically in the Search Administration section.

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