Draft items not appearing in search results in SharePoint 2013

In this post, we will discuss how we can bring draft items in SharePoint 2013 search results. Recently while working in a MOSS 2007 to SharePoint 2013 migration project, we got this requirement. The requirement is even if the document is saved as a draft those should come in the search result.

By default, the items that are in draft mode, will not be crawled. The crawler will pick items published in the major version. For this, we need to do the below settings.

Go to the SharePoint 2013/Online library settings. Then click on “Versioning settings” under “General Settings”.

In the “Versioning Settings,” page go to the “Draft Item Security” section and select the radio button “Any user who can read items”.

Draft items not appearing in search results in SharePoint 2013
Draft items not appearing in search results in SharePoint 2013

After this, you can do an incremental crawl and the crawler will pick up those items.

You may like following SharePoint search tutorial:

Hope this will be helpful to show draft items in search results in SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint Online.

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