The Description field is the summary or excerpt that displays in news feeds for news post type site pages.

I've searched crawled and managed properties at /_layouts/15/listmanagedproperties.aspx and tried to map all that show up but still description doesn't show up in the search results using a custom layout with a handlebars template in the PnP modern search app.

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    Did you try using these two managed properties: Description and DescriptionOWSMTXT? Commented Aug 4, 2022 at 5:11
  • "Description" didn't work but the other one did, so thanks! Documentation on this is appalling.
    – matt
    Commented Aug 4, 2022 at 13:38
  • @GaneshSanap Do you know what the managed property is for the _AuthorByline field? I've trried everything I could find but none work so far.
    – matt
    Commented Aug 4, 2022 at 13:41
  • @GaneshSanap AuthorOWSUSER works but gives me the "created by" value not author byline. And gives all the values of a people field. I just want lastname, firstname. I tried AuthorOWSUSER.title but that doesn't work (in a handlebars template).
    – matt
    Commented Aug 4, 2022 at 14:18
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    Yes, "AuthorOWSUSER" property is associated with SP default "Created By" field. I will investigate for author by line field & get back to you shortly. Commented Aug 4, 2022 at 14:35

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Managed property name for the "Description" field in the site pages library is "DescriptionOWSMTXT".

So, try using "DescriptionOWSMTXT" in your search configurations.

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