The Search Scopes page provides a list of search scopes provided by the current search tab. You can see the following information here:
• Scope Groups and Group Memberships: In the scope list, scope groups are shown in left-justified bold type; the scopes belonging to each group are shown in standard type, indented below their group name.
• Scope Name: These are listed in the Name column. As mentioned above, each scope is shown in standard type and indented below the scope group to which it belongs.
• Description: Briefly describes the purpose of the scope (these are as part of each scope’s configuration).
• Inheritance Status: As with most Search & Preview settings, scopes are inherited along the lines of your SharePoint site structure. Icons in the Inherited column indicate whether each scope has inherited some or all of its settings from a higher-level site as follows:
|This icon in the Inherited column indicates a scope that has been inherited from a higher site level without any local overrides. You can break the inheritance and make custom settings for the local site by using the scope action menus (see below). The icon is shown in gray for scopes that are hidden starting at the current level and below.|
|This icon in the Inherited column indicates a scope that was originally inherited from a higher site level but has since been customized. These scopes no longer track updates made at higher site levels—all settings are now defined locally. These local overrides are also inherited by child sites (if any). You can reinstate the inheritance of any of these scopes by using the action menus (see below). The icon is shown in gray for scopes that are hidden starting at the current level and below.|
|(no icon)||Scopes that do not show an icon in the Inherited column have been created at the local level and are not available at higher levels. These scopes will be inherited by child sites (if any).|
|This icon in the Inherited column indicates a scope that has been both created and hidden at the local level (see below for details about hidden scopes).|
|Note: Even at the top, farm level you will see inheritance indicators. Scopes (and other settings) shown as inherited or customized at this level are inheriting their settings from the Search & Preview factory defaults. You can think of the defaults as existing as a virtual site level immediately above the farm level. This provides a good way to handle upgrades to Search & Preview, enabling new defaults to be loaded into your system during an upgrade without affecting your configuration work so far. You can override, revert and/or hide any of these settings at the farm level as required, just as on other levels. See below for the relevant commands.|
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