Differences between the “Created” or “Modified” date in search results compared to list/library view

There are times when you may observe differences between the “Created” or “Modified” date and how they appear in search results compared to how they appear in the list/library view.  Scenario 1: We noticed that the search results, for example in the Enterprise search center, returns results that display a different created and/or modified date than the one shown in the list/library view.  Scenario 2: In the Security and Compliance center, when using the eDiscovery functionality, the last modified date does not match the last…

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External Users trying to accept the invitation get an error message “That Didn’t Work”

The Scenario Marcus from Contoso Ltd is collaborating on a project for Fabrikam Inc.  In order to facilitate the collaboration, the Project Manager for Fabrikam, Denise, invites Mark to a SharePoint Online Team site using the external sharing features.  She looks up Marcus’ email and adds him to the SharePoint Site, using his email address…

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Searching for files and items using ID does not return expected results

There are times when you may observe different behavior when searching for an item or file in list/library by ID.  Scenario 1: Recently we noticed that when we try to search for an item/document using the ID it no longer returns any results, or the results do not include the item/document with that ID as…

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SharePoint Online Search Overview

Introduction to SharePoint Online Search Microsoft SharePoint Online Search is an integral part of SharePoint Online and it is the backbone of many features across Office 365. Below is a list of a few features that are driven by search and used daily: Enterprise Search center Site Search List and library search Search Web Parts…

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Overview of Auditing Options for SharePoint Online Activities

Our customers often request information on where certain actions, functions, and activities are stored/audited within SharePoint Online as well as how to access this data. This article pulls together the different scenarios and options that are currently available for auditing within SharePoint Online (this article will not include options added or removed after October 2017,…

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Troubleshooting the SharePoint 2013 workflow hidden library

The SharePoint 2013 workflow framework stores workflow artifacts in an out-of-the-box hidden library named ‘wfsvc’. Although hidden from the SharePoint Online user interface, it is possible for user accounts to access and modify this library. This article describes how to ensure that the ‘wfsvc’ library remains in its healthy default state. Symptoms of a misconfigured…


Overview of Classic List and Library search

Contributors: Tony Radermacher[MSFT] and Tania Menice[MSFT] Scenario: When searching for an item in a large list/library using the “Find a file/item” the search results do not appear to return all files/items that are expected. This will generally be seen in lists and libraries that have exceeded the list view threshold. How does the “Find a…

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Migrating Content to SharePoint Online via PowerShell

This blog comes from guest writer Mike Barrett Migrating data to SharePoint Online is a challenging process and without a good understanding of how the process works, migration results are difficult to predict. In this blog, I’ll discuss high level details about migrating to SharePoint Online using PowerShell cmdlets that leverage the Migration API. It…