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I have a site and few subsites under it. I want to exclude subsite-A from the search results, when searched from anywhere, from root or other subsites. And this excluded subsite-A should have its own search, results limited to itself.

I excluded this subsite-A using result source. Query to exclude that site from search is: {searchTerms} -Path:{Site.Path}

Now if I search something in this excluded subsite, results are empty. I think the reason is because it is excluded from search.

I am trying to figure out if SharePoint 2013 allows this? Can any one suggest me how to make this happen. Is there anyway this could be possible? Thank you.

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Since you are using Path managed property, here is an example how to configure a search query to exclude a specific site from a search results:

{searchTerms} Path<>https://contoso.sharepoint.com/project

where Project is a name of site we would like to exclude.

Some more examples how to configure search query to exclude a specific site from search results:

{searchTerms} SiteTitle<>Project


{searchTerms} Site<>https://contoso.sharepoint.com/project

How to configure custom search settings for a site

  • create a Result Source (per site scope)

  • make it a Default Result Source for a site

Another option would be to create a custom search result page and set option Send queries to a custom results page URL in Search Settings

  • Can the excluded site have its own search? – smarri Jun 24 '14 at 17:00
  • Sure, first option would be to create new Result Source per site level (Site Settings - Result Sources under Search group - New Result Source) and then make it a Default Result Source for a site. Another option would be to configure custom results page per site: Site Settings - Search Settings under Search group - un-check "Use the same results page settings as my parent." and specify custom search results page url configured to specific site – Vadim Gremyachev Jun 24 '14 at 17:10
  • I used {searchTerms} -Path:{Site.Path} to root site to exclude its subsite from the search. This query woeks fine in excluding the subsite, but if I search in this excluded site, results are empty – smarri Jun 24 '14 at 17:56
  • Now I excluded the subsite by adding query in root sites result sources and unchecked "Use the same results page settings as my parent" in excluded site and added a query {searchTerms} path:path in excluded site to limit the search to itself. Will it work? – smarri Jun 24 '14 at 18:10
  • It still dint work – smarri Jun 24 '14 at 19:18

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