I'm trying to change the search behavior for the search box within a document library. I'd like this search box to search the entire sharepoint site, not just the current document library I'm viewing.

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Similar to the search functionality seen when using the home page search.

Thanks in advance!

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It's a good idea, but it's not doable in the document library Search box!

The Search box is only scoped for the current document library contents and can't be reconfigured to search for other document libraries.

Perhaps the Content Search web part can help you to control the search scope.

For more details about Content Search web part check


There is no currently way to change this , from your screenshot , you may using new experience for this document library , the search box is similar with "find a file" in classic experience . Since you are searching within specific document library, you will only get results that are documents and not other content located on your site .

The workaround you can use classic experience for this document library , situated in the top right corner you can search all content in your entire site .

https://beinsp.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/search-for-files-in-sharepoint-online/ https://sharepointmaven.com/2-ways-to-search-for-files-in-sharepoint/

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