Documents are not showing up in Search Results in SharePoint 2013

This SharePoint tutorial, we will discuss how to solve documents are not showing in search results in SharePoint 2013/2016.

I can’t see a few of my documents as part of search results in SharePoint 2013. In my SharePoint site, I have several document libraries but I am not able to see data from one specific document library.

Documents are not showing up in Search Results in SharePoint

In SharePoint search results comes only if they are indexed/crawled if not we can’t see the user data as part of search results.

If SharePoint content is not part of a search result, the possible scenarios are:

Content is not crawled/Indexed

The user might not have not even read access to a user.

Add user to document library with reading access

Enable content for crawling by following steps

Open the document library settings (a library which user can’t see the search results)

Open Advances settings

Enable “yes” for “Allow items from this document library to appear in search results?” (6 option)

Documents are not showing up in Search Results in SharePoint 2013

Ask the support team to perform an incremental/full crawl. Once crawling is completed you should be able to see the documents as part search results.

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Once you do this, you can see the documents in the SharePoint search results.

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Krishna Vandanapu

I am Krishna.Vandanapu a SharePoint architect working in IT from last 13+ years, I worked in SharePoint 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 and Office 365. I have extensive hands on experience in customizing SharePoint sites from end to end. Expertise in SharePoint migration tools like Sharegate, Doc Ave and Metalogix. Migrated SharePoint sites from SharePoint 2007 to 2010 and 2010 to 2013 several times seamlessly. Implementing CSOM with Microsoft best practices. Spent quality time in configuring SharePoint application services like User Profile, Search, Managed Meta data services etc. Now exploring SharePoint Framework and SharePoint 2019