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Modifying Default .NET Search Interface Preferences

The Preference Defaults page of the Coveo .NET Front-End Interface Editor corresponds to the Preferences page of the .NET search interface. As the Coveo administrator, you can use the Preference Defaults page to adjust the default values of the .NET search interface preferences for all users. Each user can subsequently modify each of these values (see Modifying .NET Search Interface Preferences).

User preferences are stored in browser cookies which contain only the variation between default and user-selected values. This method applies new default values instantaneously for all users without affecting user customized values. 


  • You must select the Enable Preferences link option in the .NET Interface Editor to make the Preferences link appear above the search box for a specific search interface (see Activating Search Interface Options With the .NET Interface Editor).

  • You can configure preferences to be saved in a user profile database rather than in browser cookies, making end-user preferences available from any browser and device even when cookies are not allowed or deleted (see Enabling a User Profile Database).

To modify the default value of user preferences

  1. Access the Coveo .NET Front-End Interface Editor (see Opening the .NET Interface Editor).

  2. Select the Search Interfaces tab.

  3. On the menu bar:

    1. In the Current Interface drop-down list, select the search interface that you want to modify.

    2. Click the Preferences Default menu.

  4. In the General Preferences page, edit the available options.

    For more information on each parameter, refer to the following table.

    Parameter Description
    Number of results per page Specifies the number of results that appear on each search results page.
    Number of lines in excerpt Specifies the number of lines to include in the text excerpt for each result.
    Initialize the Mailbox facet using your default mailbox When selected, specifies your default mailbox as the active filter for the Mailbox facet. Select this option for the My Email search interface. When cleared, the Mailbox facet shows all mailboxes to which you have access.

    Always open results in new window

    When selected, CES opens documents that you click in search results in a new browser window. When cleared, CES opens the document in the same window as the result list.

    Use wildcard queries When selected, * and ? characters entered in the search box are interpreted as wildcard operators.
    Use thesaurus for automatic query expansion When selected, CES checks if keywords in the query have synonym entries in the thesaurus, and if they do, adds the synonyms to the query.

    Automatically use corrected query suggestion (did you mean)

    When selected, automatically corrects misspelled keywords in the query before sending the query to the index server.

    Open emails with Microsoft Outlook

    When selected, allows users to open email search results with Microsoft Outlook.

  5. Click Apply to make changes effective.

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