Thursday, 27 July 2017

SharePoint Online - Hide External Users from Global Search Results

Had a problem where external users (people outside our organisation who had been provided with an anonymous link to OneDrive/SharePoint Documents) were showing up in SharePoint's People Search Results.

This article explains how to fix: https://englando.wordpress.com/2015/07/24/hiding-users-from-office-365-sharepoint-global-search-results/

Basically you need to add a Query Rule to SharePoint's 'Local People Results' Search Query to block out results that contain the external users.

I personally filtered out all results where a persons Username contained '#EXT#', which is what gets appended in Office 365 whenever an external user is given access to a document.


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