Search for geotagged documents

When SharePoint documents are geotagged using attributes from referenced layers, you can perform a geosearch to quickly find documents not only in your SharePoint site collection, but also across your organization based on a location on the map or attributes assigned to the documents as geotags. You can click the map or type keywords in the search field to perform a geosearch according to tags, or in the current site. Based on the check boxes you specify in the Search options pane, the keywords you provide produce the results accordingly.

SharePoint geosearch search options


You can perform a geosearch without using edit mode. However, geotagging and configuring the attributes requires the activation of edit mode.

Perform the following steps to conduct a geosearch:

  1. From the map tools, select Geotag and geosearch Geotag and geosearch.

    The geotag and geosearch tools appear.

  2. From the geotag and geosearch tools, select Geosearch documents Geosearch documents.

    The Geosearch documents pane appears.

  3. Click the Filter button Filter to make and view the following selections:

    Search optionShow search results fromAdvanced option

    Search by tags onlySharePoint uses the tagged attribute values to search and find documents that have those tagged values in the Enterprise Keywords terms sets.

    Shows results from the layers you added in the Layers pane.

    File type—View a specific document type. This option lists the various document types included in the search results and the number of documents of that type. Click a result type to show results matching the specified document type.

    Search within current site—The search is restricted to the current SharePoint site.

    Display Author—View documents by a specific author. This option lists the document authors in the search results and the number of documents attributed to each author. Click an author to show documents created by that person.

    Strict search—Search for documents matching the whole search keywords provided in the search field.

    Modified date—Filter the option list to All time, Today, Yesterday, Last 7 days, or Last 30 days. You can also provide a value for custom date range option.

    Start date—Specify a start date for the query using a date picker.

    End date—Specify an end date for the query using a date picker.

  4. Click the Filter button Filter, click Close Close, or click anywhere on the map frame to close the Search options pane.
  5. Do one of the following:
    • Click a feature on the map.

      A pop-up appears listing all the related details, and document search results are displayed in the Geosearch documents pane.

      Geosearch documents list and details pop up

    • Type a keyword in the search field and press Enter. The search results appear, displaying relevant documents and their tags.

      Keyword search and document list with preview

  6. Optionally, hover over the document entry in the search results list to preview it.

    A pop-up appears, showing the document title, a preview of the document's first page, the date the document was last modified, a list of contributors, and a link to open the document. The search results list shows all results with an infinite scroll bar.