I am using sharepoint 2010. I have created a custom list and a custom document library. They have the same metadata fields (also metadata field and lookup fields). When I go to the list or document library I see a search box in the right upper window. When I search on a word I see results. The match was found in the column "Title". Is it also possible to get search results where the search engine is searching also in the metadata fields?

  • Searching a list or library already searches metadata fields, including lookup fields. (This is different from managed properties.) Did you try searching for something in a metadata field and it didn't get returned in search results?
    – Erin L
    Commented Aug 9, 2016 at 18:15

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You can enhance the end-user search experience by mapping crawled properties to managed properties. Crawled properties are metadata (such as author, title, or subject) that are extracted from documents during crawls. Managed properties can appear in refined searches and help users perform more successful queries.

Refined searches can be performed only on managed properties, not crawled properties. To make a crawled property available for refined search queries, you must map the crawled property to a managed property. You can map multiple crawled properties to a single managed property or map a single crawled property to multiple managed properties. If a managed property has multiple crawled properties mapped to it, and a document contains values for more than one of the crawled properties, the order in which the properties are mapped and their priority determine the value of the managed property.

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  • I am using SharePoint 2010 and FAST search. Is your solution possible in my environment?
    – Ola
    Commented Jul 21, 2014 at 10:53
  • Totes ma goat!!
    – jahlive
    Commented Oct 21, 2016 at 15:38

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