The question is very simple Documents on this site have managed metadata fields, and I have selected the refiners for this on the search refiner webpart on the search results page.

However I see the ID after the text value. How can I prevent that? not very user friendly


  • How is your Managed Property set up? Seems like you have mapped it to the wrong Crawled Property, or chosen the incorrect Managed Property from the Refiners list – Robert Lindgren Dec 16 '13 at 13:50
  • Yes that is probably the reason, as I didnt to which crawled properties to map it, then I had to map it to multiple to be sure the search would work. Can you please explain how should I map a managed property to field of type: manged metadata? – Luis Valencia Dec 16 '13 at 17:22
  • If it is managed metadata field, correctly provisioned, SharePoint should create a Managed Property automatically. Look for a managed property named ows_YourColumnName or similar – Robert Lindgren Dec 16 '13 at 17:59
  • so, the tax one is the wrong one – Luis Valencia Dec 16 '13 at 18:59
  • Yep, for refiners at last. – Robert Lindgren Dec 16 '13 at 19:17

Use the managed property called




The taxid one will include the GUID, unwanted for Refiners. This is my experience at least.

Found another post stating the same here: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/forefront/en-US/99f06b1a-59ca-43ab-bc13-d5d8deb7841f/managed-metadata-search-refiners-show-as-guids?forum=sharepointsearch

  • I am confused with the refiners and the search. Lets say I have a managed metadata field called Industry. I want to use it both in search like this (Industry:Food) or also in refiners. If I map it to ows_Industry is that enough, or I have 2 create 2 different properties one for the search and another for the refiner? – Luis Valencia Dec 16 '13 at 21:15
  • This is really a different question, but shortly: if you mean free text search it should be OK to use either one of them. If you do need results based on for example a Managed navigation term, you should use the ows_taxid one (to be sure to get the distinct hit based on the GUID of the term) – Robert Lindgren Dec 17 '13 at 6:51

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