Easy Custom Advanced Search Web Part

January 9, 2008

I had been looking for a way to strip down the regular “Advanced Search” web part, but also to restrict its scope without the user having to do anything. Found this post from Dattard who — of all things — uses the Content Editor web part to drop in some custom code. I’ll have to remember that web part for future tricks.

Anyway, all that’s really involved is setting up your own custom scope, grabbing the right ID that references that scope, and putting the right inputs in your content editor web part. Works really well, and doesn’t have too many options.

I wanted a stripped-down search utility since I think one of the main complaints about MOSS/WSS is the “overwhelming” user experience: getting lost, confused, unsure what to click on, etc.

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