How to Create Thesaurus in SharePoint 2013
Different people may use different words to search for the same thing or information.
When it comes to searching information in SharePoint, Thesaurus can prove to be extremely helpful.
If you want to create a Thesaurus for search terms in SharePoint 2013, following is the way to go.
Open text editor of your choice like Notepad
Enter following columns of your Thesaurus in your text editor
“Key, Synonym, Language”
Make sure to place comma between two words/phrases
Go to the next line of your text editor and type a key term/phrase, then its synonym and finally the two letter language code (in “Key, Synonym, Language” format) separated by commas.
In our case, we typed “Coffee, Caramel, en”
So, when users search for “Coffee”, search results for Coffee as well as Caramel will be displayed
Repeat step 3 while switching the order of Key, Synonym
So, when users search for Caramel, search results for both Caramel and Coffee will be displayed
Save the file with .csv extension and UTF-8 encoding
This is how you can create Thesaurus in SharePoint 2013. Once you create Thesaurus successfully, you need to import the same. We will cover the Thesaurus import process in our next SharePoint tutorial.