I want to exclude all .pdf documnets from being searchable, in a particular site and all its subsites. Note, the starting site is NOT a top-level site collection.

Can this be done?

I'm using SharePoint Online?



  • Do you mean how many questions I mark as answered? I will see what I can do. I haven't been marking things as answered, as generally it seems there's always scope for more answers. And I wouldn't want to kill the question. I guess I'm doing it wrong! – finisterre Nov 16 '12 at 14:48
  • I'll review my older questions, and bear it in mind for new ones. Where do you see this percentage? I can't see yours? – finisterre Nov 16 '12 at 14:52
  • It's visible when someone asks a question. Answering your question now. – Hugh Wood Nov 16 '12 at 14:59
  • You can see it right beneath your name and avatar at the bottom of the question. – RJ Cuthbertson Nov 16 '12 at 15:00
  • Got it! I'm up 19% already! Thanks guys will make more of an effort with this. – finisterre Nov 16 '12 at 15:13

There are multiple ways of doing this:

1) Exclude the file extension using scopes in central admin and tell the search results page to use this scope

2) Remove the ifilter if you want it removed completely

3) Filter with an xslt transformation on the search results page

I would if it was the whole farm I would go for option 2, if it is for a single collection then option one, if it is for a small site then option 3.

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    Thanks Hugh. It's SharePoint Online so I don't have access to Central Admin for 1). I'll investigate the other two. Don't suppose you know if they apply to SharePoint Online? – finisterre Nov 16 '12 at 15:36
  • You can do the xslt transformation only. – Hugh Wood Nov 17 '12 at 13:56

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