I'm using sharpeoint online and testing the following on a document library folder.

Testing search functionality for following users:

  1. Internal AD users
  2. AD guest users
  3. External users

When I share folders with the above via link share or direct access, then I'm observing that only internal AD users and AD guest users are able to search the documents.

External users who have the folder shared via link sharing cannot search. Is this expected?

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    I think, yes. They can access the shared folders/files only via the shared link. Jan 5 at 6:15
  • This question is specifically about ability to search. So I'm not sure what you mean by I think, yes.
    – variable
    Jan 5 at 7:18
  • 1
    Is this expected? - I think, yes. :) Jan 5 at 7:26

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Yes the behavior is expected:

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