Is there an option I have to turn on in order to use property query rules in search scopes? I'm on the same screen that's showing it as an option on this guide but I don't see the option on our instance:

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What am I missing?

Using SharePoint Online (2010).

1 Answer 1


This is just another issue with SharePoint Online specifically.

Please see this forum:

Missing Property Query option in Scopes

On June 15, 2012, a Justin Ronan from MSFT support stated:


This is Justin with Microsoft Office 365 SharePoint Support. Thanks for posting your question on the community.

I apologize but we have recently found an issue with our search scopes system and have disabled the feature. We are currently working on the fix, but until completed, site collection administrators will be unable to create, edit, or delete any of their search scopes or display groups. At this time there is no ETA for the fix and only scopes created in the past prior to the issue will work. Keep an eye on the Release Notes and Official Blog for updates or known issues to the product. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thanks and Regards,

Justin Ronan

Microsoft Office 365 SharePoint Support

Also, Wictor Wilen (MVP) addresses this in his blog post You cannot create property based search scopes in Office 365 (SharePoint Online)

  • /sigh I had a nasty feeling that was going to be the answer!
    – Ben
    Nov 16, 2012 at 16:14
  • Isn't SharePoint Online so fun to work with? Nov 16, 2012 at 16:14
  • It's a performance issue. SharePoint Online shares servers among many hosted instances. If you were to set up a search scope based on properties the workload could negatively impact other customers' performance. Nov 16, 2012 at 18:40

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