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How to exclude or prevent users from search below keywords all, docs, test etc, if users search using these keywords SharePoint search must not display any results.

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While I agree with the answer by Morten K in that there are always ways to get around a keyword exclusion, it does not accurately respond to the question.

You can find a way to run query rules that cause exclusion of certain keywords here: Exclude Keywords from Search

  • True - in hindsight it should have been a comment. Out of curiosity can you implement at global query rule or would it need to be set on every single search form in the farm? – Morten K Sep 21 '18 at 6:00
  • Honestly, I have never tried either as I do not see the point in excluding this way. I would rather exclude based on permissions. However, I would believe that you should be able to exclude in this manner globally as long as someone is not using custom search boxes that are using their own rules. – Chris Fells Sep 21 '18 at 15:57
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What's the reason for this? If it is to prevent the users from getting their hands on files they shouldn't then it's a no go. There's literally several other way to surface the files other than search.

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