[Fixed] SharePoint 2013/2016/Online: Find an Item List search box does not return results

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Recently when I am searching an item through Find an Item search box in a SharePoint 2013 list, it did not give me any search result. But in the list, some items are presented with the particular keyword. Here we will see Find an item search box does not return results in SharePoint 2013/2016 or SharePoint Online.

The Find an Item in place search box, allows users to quickly search for items or documents inside the list or library in SharePoint. To see the search results, we do not need to navigate to any other search result page. This is how the Find an Item in place search box looks like in list or document libraries.

SharePoint Find an Item List search box
SharePoint Find an Item List search box

SharePoint Find an Item List search box does not return results

To solve Find an Item List search box does not return results in SharePoint follow below steps:

Open the SharePoint 2013/2016/Online list and then go to the List settings page. And then click on Advanced Settings. In the Advanced Settings page, Go to the Search section and then select “Yes” in the Allow items from this list to appear in search results? radio button.

SharePoint 2013 Find an Item List search box does not return results
SharePoint 2013 Find an Item List search box does not return results

And if possible click on “Reindex List” button in the Reindex List section in the same List Advanced Settings page. Once you reindex list, we have to wait for some time.

SharePoint 2016 Find an Item List search box does not return results
SharePoint 2016 Find an Item List search box does not return results

The other thing you can try is to go to the List settings and then click on Versioning Settings. In the Versioning Settings page Select “Yes” for “Require content approval for submitted items?” in the Content Approval section. Read more on SharePoint 2013 Online content approval.

SharePoint online Find an Item List search box does not return results
SharePoint online Find an Item List search box does not return results

Another important thing we have to follow if the above steps does not solve the issue.

The column needs to be searchable if you want to search for content in the list or library. For this, we need to create the managed properties and map the crawled properties of the columns in the custom list. You can also check out this article for a little more information.

Apart from this, we need to make sure that the items should have been crawled and indexed properly, If you are using SharePoint On-premises version, you can start a full crawl.

You can also read an article on SharePoint search managed properties.

You may like following SharePoint 2013 search tutorials:

Hope this SharePoint tutorial helps to solve Find an Item List search box does not return results issue in SharePoint Online/2013/2016.

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About Bijay Kumar

I am Bijay from Odisha, India. Currently working in my own venture TSInfo Technologies in Bangalore, India. I am Microsoft Office Servers and Services (SharePoint) MVP (5 times). I works in SharePoint 2016/2013/2010, SharePoint Online Office 365 etc. Check out My MVP Profile.. I also run popular SharePoint web site SharePointSky.com

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