To include custom properties in a search form, you must do the following:
1. Establish the desired metadata columns as managed properties in SharePoint (see “Establishing Custom Properties in SharePoint”).
2. Configure the managed properties as searchable properties for Search & Preview (see “The Searchable Properties Page”).
3. Configure the Searchable Properties setting for each relevant Search & Preview Search Dialog Web Part as follows:
o To show all available properties, set the Web Part to show custom properties from all result-property groups.
o To show properties from a minority of available groups, configure the Web Part with a list of result-property groups to show (properties from unnamed groups will not be shown).
o To show properties from a majority of available groups, configure the Web Part with a list of result-property groups not to show (properties from all unnamed groups will be shown).
See “Search & Preview Search Dialog Web Part” for details about how to make these settings.
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