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How to add multiple aliases to a Managed Property in SharePoint Search?

This article explains how to add multiple aliases to one managed property in SharePoint Search Schema Management. Yes, it’s possible, just a bit unintuitive! I’ll explain the process below. Solution This seems to be another “gotcha”, that’s missing from the official documentation, but is super helpful to know when you happen to need it! The way I encountered it was in a dev/staging environment, where certain automatically created Managed Property,…Continue reading How to add multiple aliases to a Managed Property in SharePoint Search?

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Issues with User Profile Property visibility in Search-powered functionalities

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: Reason for the issue These issues are most of the time caused by an odd glitch in SharePoint’s search indexing. Every now and then, crawlers might start…Continue reading Issues with User Profile Property visibility in Search-powered functionalities

"PictureThumbnailURL" configuration in SharePoint Online Search Schema

Bug: “PictureThumbnailURL” always null in SharePoint Online Search results

This post describes the status of an ongoing issue in SharePoint Online, where the Managed Property “PictureThumbnailURL” will return null no matter what you do. This Managed Property is used for a few different use cases – most notably, Delve blog post’s hero or header photo’s URL is mapped to this property, as it’s meant to be used as a thumbnail picture in a number of rollups. In this article,…Continue reading Bug: “PictureThumbnailURL” always null in SharePoint Online Search results

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

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. Plus they are sometimes pretty nonsensical… And not very well documented! In this post, I’ll try to make some sense of how you can use them in programmatic scenarios.…Continue reading How to interpret SharePoint’s view count managed properties (like “ViewsLast1Days”)?

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

Localization and targeting of content in multilingual SharePoint installations is always an issue. SharePoint offers a multitude of ways to profile content based on user language (or other properties), but none of the solutions are foolproof. This post describes how to fetch only localized results from the SharePoint Search index, which solves at least some of the issues. Description SharePoint Search index can be used in quite a few different…Continue reading Using “DetectedLanguage” to return only localized results from SharePoint Search index

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

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 property names on the search center of that site collection. Nowhere else, though. That ended…Continue reading Alternative Languages in SharePoint forcing the (cumbersome) use of localized Managed Properties