Why isn’t my SharePoint Search working?

This is the first in an occasional series, where I try to record all the times I’ve been close to tears of rage with SharePoint search.

In the first post, I’ll start with the very first thing to check if you find your changes haven’t taken effect.

Are you in the right place?

Site Search? Site Collection Search? Search Centre? Search administration?

Site Search? Site Collection Search? Search Centre? Search administration?

There are 4 different places where you can change Search settings.

1. Site Search settings

2. Site collection settings

3. Search Centre settings

4. Search administration

Do double check that the change you made, has been made in the right settings section. For instance, if you use a search centre, rather than a search results page within your site, make sure you make your changes to display templates, etc, in the settings for the Search Centre site and not in the source site’s settings.

This one has caught me out more times than it should have!

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