Manage settings to improve search results (SharePoint Server 2010)


Applies to: SharePoint Server 2010

In Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, search administrators can configure settings to improve search results in the following ways:

  • By using stop word files, search administrators can designate words that the search system should ignore in search queries because those words are unlikely to be helpful for identifying or narrowing search results. For more information, see Manage stop word files (SharePoint Server 2010).

  • By using thesaurus files, search administrators can specify replacements or synonyms for words or phrases in user search queries. For more information, see Manage thesaurus files (SharePoint Server 2010).

  • By using a custom dictionary, search administrators can specify words or tokens that the word breaker for a particular language treats as indivisible at index time and at query time. For more information, see Create a custom dictionary (SharePoint Server 2010).

  • On the Specify Authoritative Pages page, search administrators can designate Web pages as authoritative or non-authoritative. This affects how relevance rankings are calculated, and therefore affects the order in which certain results appear in a search results list. For more information, see Configure authoritative Web pages (SharePoint Server 2010).