I recently got the request to exclude 2 terms from returning any search results within our SharePoint 2013 farm - let's call them TermA and TermB. What I did was to add "-TermA -TermB" to the search results page's default query.

This all worked fine for TermA but when searching for TermB I now get a PowerPoint result block with files that should be excluded (refiners are empty and there are no other files displayed): enter image description here

When clicking on 'Show more' the site basically refreshes to this:


My questions are:

  • Why does the result block still show up and how do I disable it (without setting the PowerPoint Query Rule to inactive)?
  • Is there a better way to remove specific terms from Search since my approach only deals with the one Results page (maybe Crawl Rules?)


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