How to create your own Search Display Templates in SharePoint 2013?

In SharePoint 2013 search results, display template is the one going to define what you will see in your search results page and how it will look like.

To create your own display templates follow the below steps:

  • Go to Site Settings page and select Master pages and page layouts under Web Designer Galleries section
  • Click on Display Templates and then Search
  • Select Item_Default.html and create a copy by selecting Download a Copy from the item drop-down menu.
  • Save the file to you desktop and rename to Item_TeamCenter.html.
  • Upload this file in the same location where you downloaded the file and fill out the following columns and click save:
  • Content Type  –  Item Display Template
  • Title –  Teamcenter Item
  • Description –  Type something
  • Do not change anything else in this screen

Important Note: Basically SharePoint will create a JavaScript file equaling to the html display template file in same location behind the scene. So don’t try to create/copy the corresponding JavaScript file manually.

  • Now open your site in SPD 2013 and go to All Files > _catalogs > masterpage > Display Templates > Search
  • Select Item_ TeamCenter.html from the list and then select Edit file with advanced mode.
  • Press CTRL + Find and look for the tag mso:ManagedPropertyMapping
  • Add your managed property column name similar like other columns are added already as shown below (here I have added TeamCenterItemName property along with the existing properties):

<mso:ManagedPropertyMapping msdt:dt=”string”>’Title’:’Title’,’Author’:’Author’,’Size’:’Size’,’Path’:’Path’,’Description’:’Description’,’LastModifiedTime’:’LastModifiedTime’,’CollapsingStatus’:’CollapsingStatus’,’DocId’:’DocId’,’HitHighlightedSummary’:’HitHighlightedSummary’,’HitHighlightedProperties’:’HitHighlightedProperties’,’FileExtension’:’FileExtension’,’ViewsLifeTime’:’ViewsLifeTime’,’ParentLink’:’ParentLink’,’ViewsRecent’:’ViewsRecent’,’FileType’:’FileType’,’IsContainer’:’IsContainer’,’SecondaryFileExtension’:’SecondaryFileExtension’,’DisplayAuthor’:’DisplayAuthor’,’TeamCenterItemName’:’TeamCenterItemName’ </mso:ManagedPropertyMapping>

  • Update the TeamCenterItemName propery in the body of your display template HTML page as below :

_#= ctx.CurrentItem. TeamCenterItemName =#_

  • Save, check in, and publish the Item_TeamCenter.html file.
  • Edit the search result WebPart and the select this template name.
  • That’s it you are ready to see your display template in the search result.
  • If you want to flip you display templates for a specific set of result items then you have write you Query Rules. That I will be explaining in my next article.
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About Joseph Velliah
As a SharePoint Developer my professional interests tend to be technical and SharePoint focused. I run a blog at "SP RIDER" where you can expect to read HOW TOs and scenarios that I run into during my day to day job. I hope my posts will give back a little to the community that is helped me.

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