Configure properties of the Search Box Web Part in SharePoint Server
APPLIES TO: 2013 2016 2019 Subscription Edition SharePoint in Microsoft 365
By default, the Search Box Web Part is used on the home page for the Search Center (default.aspx), and all search results pages (results.aspx, peopleresults.aspx, conversationresults.aspx, videoresults.aspx). By changing properties in the Search Box Web Part you can do the following:
Change the Web Part or page where the search results should be displayed — for example, a custom Search Results Web Part or a custom search results page.
Turn off query suggestions and people suggestions. For more information about query suggestions, see Manage query suggestions in SharePoint Server
Display links to a search preference page and an advanced search page.
Change the display template that is applied to the Web Part.
Before you begin
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Configure properties of the Search Box Web Part
To configure the properties of a Search Box Web Part
Verify that the user account that performs this procedure is a member of the Designers SharePoint group on the Enterprise Search Center site.
On the Search Center site home page, click the Settings menu, and then click Edit Page.
In the Web Part, click the Search Box Web Part Menu arrow, and then click Edit Web Part.
In the Web Part tool pane, in the Properties for Search Box section, expand the Which search results page should queries be sent to section, and then do the following:
To display the settings that are defined on the Search Settings page, select the Use this site's Search Settings check box.
To override the settings that are defined on the Search Settings page, clear the Use this site's Search Settings check box, and then do the following:
To display search results in a Web Part on the page, in the section Send queries to other Web Parts on this page, select a Web Part.
If there are no other Web Parts on a page, search results will be sent to the search results page as specified on the Search Settings page.
To send queries to a custom search results page, select Send queries to a custom results page URL, and then type the URL of the custom search results page.
You can't send queries to a custom search results page that uses a friendly URL.
- In the Web Part tool pane, in the Properties for Search Box section, expand the Query Suggestions section, and then do the following:
To disable query suggestions, clear the Show suggestions check box.
To specify additional properties for query suggestions, change the values in the following fields:
Number of query suggestions: How many query suggestions to display.
Minimum number of characters: How many characters the user must type before query suggestions are displayed.
Suggestions delay (in milliseconds): How many milliseconds elapse before query suggestions are displayed.
Number of personal favorites: How many query suggestions are displayed to the user under the text Are you looking for these again? in the search results. These suggestions are based on search results that the user has clicked previously. To disable personal favorite results, clear the Show personal favorite results check box.
To turn on people name suggestions, select Show people name suggestions.
- In the Web Part tool pane, in the Properties for Search Box section, expand the Settings section, and then do the following:
To show a link to a search preference page, select Show preferences link.
To show a link to an advanced search page, select Show advanced link, and then in the Advanced search page URL box, type the URL of the advanced search page that you want to link to.
To apply another display template, in the Search box control Display Template list, select the display template that you want to apply to the Web Part.
Select the Make the search box have focus when the page is loaded check box to make it possible for users to immediately type a query in the search box when the page is loaded without first having to click the search box. By default, this is selected.