SharePoint 2019 - on premise.

My global search (classic) uses a series of verticals.

Query suggestions are turned on - I have limited knowledge of the query suggestions. I was hoping it did draw the suggestions from the metadata columns such as the name of a document or page, persons name, document description etc.

Currently I can only gather about predictive text results when I search - which is an issue.

Very happy if someone could offer some guidance as to where to begin and what I need to do to begin troubleshooting this issue.

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The search system automatically creates suggestions for a query when users have clicked one or more of the results for that query at least six times.

In addition, we can manually add phrases that you want the search system to always suggest to users:

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  • Is there a way to creates suggestions for a query when users has clicked on the results for that query less than six times?
    – garvon-77
    Nov 1, 2021 at 21:39
  • This is by design and we cannot change it.
    – Julie_MSFT
    Nov 2, 2021 at 3:02
  • Thanks Julie_MSFT
    – garvon-77
    Nov 3, 2021 at 21:33
  • Just a final query - once I input the file for the query suggestions, can I update this file or add another file to the query suggestions. If so, do I need to delete the old file before adding the new?
    – garvon-77
    Nov 6, 2021 at 10:10

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