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I have created a Site Column, "About Customer" (Text). I am trying to create a Custom Managed Property but when I click to Add a mapping, My custom site column can not be found, no matter what I search for. Here is what I have tried so far:

  • Added the column to a list and populated it with sample data
  • Reset the search index then ran a full crawl
  • Checked the Search Logs to verify that the List has been crawled

Does anyone know how to resolve this?

  • You mean the crawled property is nowhere to be found? – Louis Apr 28 '14 at 5:31
  • No i'm trying to create the managed property, but when I click on 'Add Mapping' and search for the Site Column, its not showing up at all. It usually shows up as 'ows_ColumnName'. – Omar Stewey Apr 28 '14 at 12:46
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Search for your Crawled Property and make note of the Data Type. (Also in SharePoint 2013 if you used a Site Column you may see your column twice, once for the crawl and once for the automatically created crawled and managed property pair.)

When you create your Managed Property, before you click "Add Mapping", ensure that you have selected the right data type for your Managed Property to match your Crawled Property.

  • Thanks Matthew. The site column is a text field, and I have text selected when i'm searching for the mapping. Nothing is being found. – Omar Stewey Apr 28 '14 at 15:27
  • Single line or multiple? – Matthew McDermott Apr 28 '14 at 18:13
  • Single Line Text Field – Omar Stewey Apr 28 '14 at 19:09
  • So after a FULL Crawl of the content you cannot find the Crawled Property? – Matthew McDermott Apr 29 '14 at 12:14
  • Correct, after resetting the index then performing a Full Crawl, the property is not showing up. – Omar Stewey May 5 '14 at 4:18
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Mine did not show up until I had actually used the column in my document library. So if my column was "Type of Document," I set one file to "Report," did a crawl and it then showed up.

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When you add the mapping for the new property make sure you check the box for Searchable.

Edit: AND Retrievable.

  • This does not answer his question. He is asking that the site column he has created does not show up in the crawled properties and not as a managed property. – Imir Hoxha May 14 '15 at 7:58

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