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I'm setting up a content search to find tasks assigned to users and was wondering where SP came up with fields like StatusOWSCHCS, what does the OWSCHCS stand for or OWSNMBR - I'm assuming this OWS number!? Then what is OWS?

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During a crawl, a crawled property is automatically created for the site column. Say for example we have 2 site columns (Color and weight). The name of this property is generated by removing spaces from the site column name, and adding a prefix. The prefix that is added varies depending on the site column type. For example, we get the following crawled properties:

ows_q_TEXT_Color

ows_q_NMBR_Weight

A managed property is then automatically created, which is mapped to the corresponding crawled property. The name of this property is generated by removing spaces from the site column name, and adding a suffix. The suffix that is added varies depending on the site column type. So, in this example, we get the following managed properties:

ColorOWSTEXT WeightOWSNMBR

The task status column is actually a site column so its managed property will be STATUSOWSCHCS

For more info: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj613136.aspx

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