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How do I search for items in SharePoint?

Published: 29 September 2021 Last updated: 21 December 2021

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The search bar allows you to search for results across all SharePoint sites that you have access to. You can also narrow the search to specific sites, libraries or folders. Finding items this way is much easier than browsing to their locations.

Search all SharePoint sites you have access to

To search all of the SharePoint sites you have access to, you’ll first need to navigate to the SharePoint start page.

  1. Go to or select SharePoint from the app launcher from any Microsoft 365 web app.
  2. Use the search box along the top of the site. (It should say “Search in SharePoint”)

Search a specific SharePoint site

  1. To search a specific SharePoint site you’ll need to first navigate to the site.
  2. Click in the search box at the top of the site. (It should say “Search this site”)

Search in a specific document library

  1. Navigate to the SharePoint site you want to search.
  2. Navigate to the document library you want search.
  3. Select the search box along the top of the site. (It should say “Search this library”)
  4. Type in the file name of the item you’re looking for. If you can only remember the author, try searching for their name instead.

For more information, please visit the the Microsoft Support page.

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