I have a choice field I mapped to a managed property, but it gets no results in search and I'm not sure I picked the right crawled property. In Msft's haphazard approach to this process, there's no clear indicator which crawled property is the correct one. I mapped this to RefinableString08: ows_q_CHCS_Category

And the query which works in other situations, is this:

Path:"https://xxx.sharepoint.com/sites/xxx/xxx-Documents"  RefinableString08:Global

Where can I find out the differences between ows_q_CHCS_Category, ows_q_CHCM_Category and ows_q_TEXT_Category and which one should be used?

1 Answer 1


For choice column, the crawled property name is ows_q_CHCS_SiteColumnName. For choice column (allow multiple selections), the crawled property name is ows_q_CHCM_SiteColumnName.

Here's a reference for you:

Automatically created managed properties in SharePoint Server

  • Thanks, that's what I picked and it eventually started working.....
    – matt
    Dec 22, 2020 at 23:19

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.