I have not configured the search but I need to change it (perhaps understand more about it). The users are imported from AD in User Profile Service Application.

We use the people search as a directory to locate staff, phone numbers etc.

The issue is that when I run searches for the name Peter - if I type in "Pet" the first three characters of the name it does not return any staff named Peter (and yes - many staff by this name) but does return a staff member named "Pat".

I am not sure why it does this for starters - but I would like to change it so that it does return the results for staff by using the method of typing in the first few characters of a name.

  • I believe this search query is using fuzzy matching. Is there a way to change this?
    – garvon-77
    Commented Oct 10, 2018 at 2:32
  • Try typing Pet* in the search
    – Marko Tica
    Commented Oct 10, 2018 at 8:13
  • You can change and add to the "nickname" list on-prem. That will help the matching. Commented Oct 19, 2018 at 12:32

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For wildcard people search, we can edit the search result web part in the people search page and add the query below.


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