Searching SharePoint from Windows7 Windows Explorer

In Windows7 you can create custom search connectors to OpenSearch search engines.

And YES… SharePoint 2007 en 2010 publish OpenSearch standard search engines.

It is really simple to create a connector to SharePoint.

  1. Open Notepad and copy in the XML below
  2. Replace the areas in red with your SharePoint Search Center information.  Be sure to only replace just the part of the URL that gets to your Search Center:  e.g.  http://sharepoint.company.com/SearchCenter  
  3. Change the scope if you want:  e.g.  &s=Intranet  or  &s=All%20Sites  or even  &s=People
  4. Save the file to your Desktop as:    SearchMySharePointSite.osdx
  5. Double click the file to install the Search Connector.  (it will install to your “Searches” directory  e.g.   c:\Users\<username>\Searches

And if you don´t have enough connectors… here is the rest of them

Amazon, DeviantArt, eBay, Flickr, Google Blogs, Google News, Live Search, MSN Search, Redmond Pie, Wikipedia, Yahoo and YouTube


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<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>
<OpenSearchDescription xmlns=”http://a9.com/-/spec/opensearch/1.1/” xmlns:ms-ose=”http://schemas.microsoft.com/opensearchext/2009/”>
<ShortName>SharePoint Search</ShortName>
<Description>Search the SharePoint site.</Description>
<Url type=”application/rss+xml” template=”http://sharepoint.company.com/searchcenter/_layouts/srchrss.aspx?k={searchTerms}&amp;s=All%20Sites“/>
<Url type=”text/html” template=”http://sharepoint.company.com/searchcenter/Pages/Results.aspx?k={searchTerms}&amp;s=All%20Sites“/>
<ms-ose:ResultsProcessing format=”application/rss+xml”>
<ms-ose:LinkIsFilePath>-1</ms-ose:LinkIsFilePath>
</ms-ose:ResultsProcessing>
</OpenSearchDescription>