Search SharePoint content from Windows 7

Windows 7 has a feature called “Federated Search” that allows you to search other content sources through windows explorer. This works with SharePoint and is pretty easy to setup.

How to create your own search

1. Create a text file that contains the following XML, modify everything in double brackets [[ ]] to meet your needs (be sure to remove the brackets also).

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<OpenSearchDescription xmlns="http://a9.com/-/spec/opensearch/1.1/" xmlns:ms-ose="http://schemas.microsoft.com/opensearchext/2009/">
<ShortName>[[Search SharePoint]]</ShortName>
<Description>[[Search my SharePoint site]]</Description>
<Url type="application/rss+xml" template="http://[[sharepointsiteurl]]/_layouts/srchrss.aspx?k={searchTerms}&amp;start={startIndex}&amp;s=[[Scope Name]]"/>
<Url type="text/html" template="[[URL to Search Results.aspx page]]?k={searchTerms}&amp;s=[[Scope Name]]"/>
<ms-ose:ResultsProcessing format="application/rss+xml">
<ms-ose:LinkIsFilePath>-1</ms-ose:LinkIsFilePath>
</ms-ose:ResultsProcessing>
</OpenSearchDescription>

 

2. Save the file and change the extension to .osdx

 

3. Double click your new .osdx file and Windows will ask if you want to save the search.

 

4. The search should appear in the left pane of Windows Explorer. Just click on it to do a search.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.