In our farm we have departments setup in the term store that often have either an ampersand (&) or and in the title. However, when searching only the first defined term is being returned within search results. For example the department "IT Systems & Services" can be searched for and found by typing "IT Systems & Services" into the search box but will not be found by typing "IT Systems and Services"! I know excluding both will return the correct results but our users often search for the full term!

In the term store I've added an additional label to the term for "IT Systems and Services" and run a full search crawl but it still will not appear when searched.

Is there a way that we can get both variations searchable to return the correct term?

Sorry if I have not used the correct terminology here, I'm struggling to find the correct terms to describe the situation we've encountered. Let me know if more details are required.


Regardless what language do you use to search kql or Fql

Your main problem is you are including an "and" (an special word for searching engines) in the query, there are a lot of chances that word is dropped in the tokenization phase.

The search engine could drop the token "and" in order to exclude the possibility to mistake the searched word with a logical AND, the same happens with the "OR"

"Red and Blue" returns only the document with both words.

Unless you configured you search and build a custom query the result set returned won't included you expected document


  • Hi, Thanks for the response. I'm just using default search components in SP2013. So i'm guessing KQL? I thought this might be the case. If the "and" token were dropped then should that not find results on "IT Systems Services"? And should a query of "IT Systems and Services" not return the correct department as it does indeed contain both terms? I'm sorry I quite new to the search component! – Andy Cox Aug 16 '16 at 10:29
  • My understanding is "and" lowercase is a noise word in a query. "AND" uppercase is a logical Query term. – Matthew McDermott Aug 16 '16 at 15:10

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