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Issues with User Profile Property visibility in Search-powered functionalities

Reading Time: 3 minutes. This article applies to a lot of different issues you might be having with your SharePoint-powered site, or even custom functionality like mobile apps using SharePoint’s search index. I’ll list a few of the situations, which could be caused by these issues, below: You’re using Search to show a list of User Profiles with their properties, but it’s showing outdated or missing information Your intranet has the classic “Upcoming Birthdays” -webpart (only weather and lunch lists are more classic than that!) This webpart is not showing some of the organization members at all. The aforementioned webpart might also show nobody […]

"PictureThumbnailURL" configuration in SharePoint Online Search Schema

“PictureThumbnailURL” always null in SharePoint Online Search results

Reading Time: 2 minutes. This post was most recently updated on November 23rd, 2018.We’ve been observing an issue in SharePoint Online’s Search Index, where the Managed Property “PictureThumbnailURL” is always null, no matter what values the crawled properties it’s mapped to might contain. The issue seems to have first appeared a few months ago. The first time we encountered it was maybe around July, 2018. Microsoft probably made some changes in SharePoint Search schema, and the property “PictureThumbnailURL” wouldn’t get values anymore. Pre-existing values were conserved, though. All things considered, this does not seem like an intentional change. Posts Related to “”PictureThumbnailURL” always null […]

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How to interpret SharePoint’s view count managed properties (like “ViewsLast1Days”)?

Reading Time: 6 minutes. Have you ever wondered, how SharePoint’s Managed Properties for Usage & Analytics info actually work? There are all these nice properties available for getting view counts for different items in SharePoint’s search index, but they all seem to act like crazy. And they are pretty nonsensical… And not very well documented! In this post I’ll try to make some sense on how you can use them in programmatic scenarios. Read on… Posts Related to “How to interpret SharePoint’s view count managed properties (like “ViewsLast1Days”)?”:SharePoint Localization – a (somewhat) comprehensive how-to!Privacy PolicyGetting Connect-MsolService (and other Azure Active Directory PowerShell cmdlets) to […]

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Using “DetectedLanguage” to return only localized results from SharePoint Search index

Reading Time: 5 minutes. Localization and targeting of content in multilingual SharePoint installations is always an issue. SharePoint offers a multitude of ways profile content based on user language (or other properties), but none of the solutions are fool proof. This post describes how to fetch only localized results from SharePoint Search index, which solves at least some of the issues. Description  SharePoint Search index can be used in quite a few different ways. Probably the most typical way is by searching on SharePoint, or using webparts like Content Search or Content Results. However, one can also build custom functionality, custom client-side liftups, webjobs, […]

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Alternative Languages in SharePoint forcing the (cumbersome) use of localized Managed Properties

Reading Time: 3 minutes. Localization and multilingual environments in SharePoint are an endless source of interesting issues and blog post topics. In one case, we had a tenant created originally in English, and a site collection created in Finnish. In this particular case, SharePoint somehow messed up the language settings, and ended up requiring the use of localized managed properties on the search center of that site collection. That ended up being unexpected, unituitive and unusable for the end-users. Description of the issue Typically, when you use SharePoint Search, you can use managed properties to search for values in certain fields or columns of […]