In my SharePoint Online enviroment: I have a Dropdown Site column called Project Status.

I have mapped the Site column to a RefinableString11

I made sure to have values in the column.

Now I have waited a week for the full crawl to happen.

My value didnt get picked up by search.

So my question is 2 part.

  1. Does SharePoint Online understand dropdown values?

  2. If not how can I make SharePoint give me the values from my column so I can use those values to build my quarry string?

Initial Query:

path:"https://mySharePoint site" contentclass:"STS_Web"  Title<>"External Work Areas"

It works and returns all values.

Now I added the project status so I could differentiate between open and closed projects so i wanted to do this:

path:"https://mySharePoint site" contentclass:"STS_Web"  Title<>"External Work Areas" AND  RefinableString11=Open
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    You don't need to map site columns. A managed property is automatically created for them.
    – Akhoy
    Commented Oct 13, 2015 at 12:40
  • @Akhoy great! that still doesnt answer if drop downs can be used and what else i could do.
    – Cherubel
    Commented Oct 13, 2015 at 12:45

1 Answer 1


As per the documentation: https://technet.microsoft.com/library/jj613136.aspx, the managed property for choice columns is SiteColumnNameOWSCHCS.

So, try using ProjectStatusOWSCHCS as the managed property.

If it has "multiple values allowed," use ProjectStatusOWSCHCM.

  • @Cherubel did this work? Just curious :)
    – Akhoy
    Commented Oct 14, 2015 at 9:55

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