How does SharePoint Search handle the indexing of pending (unapproved) items/documents? As far as I can see there are no pending documents in the index. These seems a little odd to me, since it would be nice, if I could search for all pending items in a site or sitecol. Is it possible to change the behavior of indexing pending items?

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SharePoint Search does by default not index unapproved items as well as draft versions (minor versions). This is so because the search crawling account only has read access to the content and only users with contribute access or better can see unapproved documents and draft versions. Consequently, you could get around the issue by granting contribute access to the search crawling account. But I would not recommend it as your search results will then show documents that are not accessible to users with read-only access.

  • Okay thank you. But it is still not quiet clear to me: 1. when I upload a bunch of docs they show that they are pending but also are shown as major versions. 2. Also when I edit an approved document and save it, it goes back to the pending state. But then it doesn't appears in the search results. It is still strange to me
    – Flash265
    Jun 8, 2011 at 17:29
  • Try and enable minor versioning for your document library. Then you can have a last published version that stays in the index while you work on the next major version. Without minor versioning and with content approval enabled the document is removed from the index until you approve the new major version. Jun 8, 2011 at 17:46

Sharepoint by default only crawls major version of content, because the content acces account only has read permissions one the sharepoint site.

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Hope it helps.

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