I followed this tutorial http://www.glynblogs.com/2011/01/create-a-content-type-search-refinement-panel-in-sharepoint-2010.html#comment-23134

It was not working alone, so I had to add the basic5: text to the managed property to make it work, as explained here: http://www.sharepointanalysthq.com/2011/01/refining-on-content-type-in-sharepoint-2010/

Number of categories to display I put it in 10.

I changed the xml to this:

<Category Title="Content Type"
 Description="The content type of the item"
 MoreLinkText="show more"
 LessLinkText="show fewer"/>

I ran a full crawl. After editing the webpart. I try a different few searches but it behaves not normal in my opinion.

For example there is an image called WelcomeImage, if I search for that, 1. Shouldnt I get a Image content type on the left?

If I search the word site: there are many results, but I only see 2 content types, discussion board, and a custom content type. What about subsites? Arent subsite content types?

What about if my keyword matches the name of a list or the name of a subsite?

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Just happened to run across this link which may answer your question. Basically says that the "ContentType" managed property is not set to "Retrievable" and recommends adding your own managed property.

  • I already did that. Feb 29, 2012 at 14:59
  • Sorry about that -> Hadn't had my coffee yet! Totally missed that comment in your original post. Feb 29, 2012 at 15:18

I have to say that all I did its working fine. I was just a little bit confused.

A list by itself does not belong to a content type. The list items Does.

A website by itself does not belong to a content type The webpages does.

In this order of ideas, if I create items in discussion boards, events, tasks, documents library, pages library, etc.

And then I search for them I will see the content type refinement working pretty well.

I was thinking that all search results should belong to a content type, but I was wrong in that concept.

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