SharePoint 2013 Search for Power Users

Session Detail:    Classroom 1 Day

This one day class is designed for information workers or power users who use SharePoint to store and find enterprise content. Students should take this course if they need to know core search features along with the advanced search features, tips, and tricks. This class is an excellent prerequisite for IT Professionals who work as SharePoint Server Administrators attending 20331: Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013. This class can be delivered using SharePoint content on an in-house server, virtual machines, or Office 365.
The courseware is sufficiently detailed with reference content and samples to serve as both an after class search reference and as a search cheat sheet


  • Experience installing PC hardware and devices.
  • Basic understanding of TCP/IP and networking concepts.
  • Basic Windows and Active Directory knowledge.
  • The skills to map network file shares.
  • Experience working from a command prompt.
  • Basic knowledge of the fundamentals of applications. For example, how client computer applications communicate with the server.
  • Basic understanding of security concepts such as authentication and authorization.
  • An understanding of the fundamental principles of using printers.

Who Can Benefit

This course is intended :

  • SharePoint end-users
  • SharePoint Site Owners
  • SharePoint Site Collection Administrators
  • SharePoint Administrators and Developers
  • SharePoint Governance Auditors
  • Anybody who needs to find stuff in SharePoint 2013

Session Outline

Class Outline

Module 1: SharePoint Search

  • Lesson 1: Who is this class for?
  • Lesson 2: Prerequisites
  • Lesson 3: SharePoint versions and search feature differences

Module 2: How Search Works

  • Lesson 1: Before you can run you must Crawl!
  • Lesson 2: The Search Flow
  • Lesson 3: Crawl Sources
  • Lesson 4: What is Indexed
  • Lesson 5: What is not Indexed
  • Lesson 6: Content Processing
  • Lesson 7: Search is Security Trimmed
  • Lesson 8: Alternates to Search
  • Lesson 9: Search Limitations

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand the concepts of crawling and indexing content and the impact on search availability and freshness
  • Understand the limits of search, especially what is not indexed

Module 3: Core Search Techniques

  • Lesson 1; Search Basics
  • Lesson 2: Where can you search?
  • Lesson 3: Search Navigation
  • Lesson 4: Shoot first and see what you hit
  • Lesson 5: Refining Your Search
  • Lesson 6: Aim then shoot
  • Lesson 7: Include or Exclude
  • Lesson 8: Wildcards
  • Lesson 9: Boolean Operators
  • Lesson 10: Files in Libraries vs. Files as Attachments
  • Lesson 11: Search Verticals
  • Lesson 12: Searching for People
  • Lesson 13: The Advanced Search Page
  • Lesson 14: Creating Search Alerts
  • Lesson 15: Search Preferences
  • Lesson 16: The List and Library Search Box
  • Lesson 17: The OneDrive Pro Query Box

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Use the core search features including keywords, wildcards and Boolean operators
  • Identify the various places to start a search and the benefits of each
  • Search for people

Module 4: Managing Sites and Pages

  • Lesson 1: Property Searches
  • Lesson 2: Out of the Box Managed Properties
  • Lesson 3: Data Types
  • Lesson 4: Comparison Operators
  • Lesson 5: ContentClass
  • Lesson 6: Content Types
  • Lesson 7: When is a Title not the Title?
  • Lesson 8: Examples of Property Searches
  • Lesson 9: Working with Multi-Lingual Content
  • Lesson 10: What you can do to improve search results

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Find content based on Managed Properties
  • Properly search for items using dates
  • Find lists and libraries by type
  • Search using multiple languages
  • Understand how a search administrator can tune search
  • Understand how to best manage content to make it findable

Module 5: Appendix: Codes and Lists

  • Lesson 1: Out of the Box Result Sources
  • Lesson 2: Frequently Used Managed Properties
  • Lesson 3: Content Class Codes
  • Lesson 4: SharePoint Search File Types
  • Lesson 5: Search Features by Edition

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the key features, editions, and hardware requirements of Windows 7
  • Perform a clean installation of Windows 7
  • Upgrade and Migrate to Windows 7 from an earlier version of Windows
  • Perform an image-based installation of Windows 7
  • Resolve common application compatibility issues

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SharePoint 2013 Search for Power Users

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