OnPrem 2013. I'm looking for a way to use a Custom Field as the Title (clickable link) in results of search. I have dug across the Internet and found many things that got me close. Here is what I tried so far:

  • Create Test Site, add custom field to DocLib as single line of text. Added docs and metadata.
  • Created sub-site with Enterprise Search template.
  • Created Results Set that only returns from DocLib. Tested... works.
  • Created a new Managed Property and mapped to Crawled Property ows_CustomField. (even copied options from Title ManProp) Reindexed site, Incremental Crawl.
  • Got into copy of Item_CommonItem_Body.html and added ManProp to mso:ManagedPropertyMapping.
  • Modified line 20 (as called out in many online articles) and referenced my Managed Property. No Dice.

I am able to switch the Title to other ManagedPropertyMappings already called out in the mapping such as Path, EditorOWSUSER, and more, so I know I'm doing something close. I just don't know why it doesn't like my custom ManagedProp...

For the record, I also tried adding the mapping the ows_CustomField to the 'Title' ManProp, and move it to the top hoping it would take this as the 'first non empty value'. No Dice.

Simply put, these work:

  • var title = Srch.U.getHighlightedProperty(id, ctx.CurrentItem, "Title");
  • var title = Srch.U.getHighlightedProperty(id, ctx.CurrentItem, "Path");
  • var title = Srch.U.getHighlightedProperty(id, ctx.CurrentItem, "DocId");

This does not:

  • var title = Srch.U.getHighlightedProperty(id, ctx.CurrentItem, "CustomManProp");

Hoping someone can point out what I'm doing wrong. Thanks!

1 Answer 1


You need add that managed property in item not in commonitem file. Find what item you want to change (inspect item on search results and find for ex.

name="Item" data-displaytemplate="WebPageItem"

Then go to


and create copy of that item. Add that CustomManProp and save file. Go again to


and clik update in ribbon.

And that's it. :)


Default Word result type looks at Item_Word.html

Copy of word result type for ex. WordNew make it look at your Item_WordNEW.html

Edit Item_WordNEW.html and add your CustomManProp in <mso:ManagedPropertyMapping msdt:dt="string">'CustomManProp':'CustomManProp',...

You can call your property before _#=ctx.RenderBody(ctx)=#_ (RenderBody uses Item_CommonItem_Body.html to render)

    var customManProp = ctx.CurrentItem.CustomManProp;

then go to YOURSITE/_layouts/15/manageresulttypes.aspx?level=sitecol and click update in yellow ribbon to view your custom managed property.

  • Hi @eVT, Thanks for the response! I'm still struggling a bit with the details. My items are Word Docs (data-displaytemplate="WordItem"), so made a copy of Item_Word.html file, and pointed to copy of word result type. Now in the html copy file, where am I putting the reference to CustomManProp? Tried mso:ManagedPropertyMapping, but didn't have an impact. (added ,'CustomManProp':'CustomManProp' to the end, and tried 'Title':'CustomManProp') Not seeing anything else intuitive. Thanks!
    – Steige
    Nov 22, 2016 at 15:33
  • go to YOURSITE/_layouts/15/manageresulttypes.aspx?level=sitecol and you click a Property Sync alert. blogs.technet.microsoft.com/tothesharepoint/2013/09/06/…
    – Marko Tica
    Nov 23, 2016 at 8:35
  • This was completed in both tries of: <mso:ManagedPropertyMapping msdt:dt="string">'Title':'CustomColumnProp'... and ...'CustomColumnProp':'CustomColumnProp' with no results.
    – Steige
    Nov 23, 2016 at 16:41
  • Can you be a bit more specific and complete... i.e. CustomManProp to be mapped to CrawledProp, this display template needs this line of code here, etc. Thanks again!
    – Steige
    Nov 23, 2016 at 16:48
  • i have updated answer.
    – Marko Tica
    Nov 24, 2016 at 15:47

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