File Icons in SharePoint Search Results using Display Template

In SharePoint 2013 search results, the icon for a file type like .msg, .txt shows up as .html icon.
In SharePoint 2010 this was overcome by mapping the icon file type in DocIcon.xml at WFE Servers.

But now since access to WFE servers are restricted in on-prem environment and no access in O-365 environment, the only solution available is to do the following.

  1. Edit the existing display template (I use custom display template with results shown in table and following is based on that) or create a new template for existing for the following located at (SiteCollection/All Files/_catalogs/masterpage/Display Templates/Search) accessible by using SharePoint Designer.
    1. xxxSearchTableResults.html
    2. xxxSearchTableItem.html
  2. Add the following codes and it should show correct icons.

Search Results Display Template:

Search Item Display Template:

Notes:
ctx.CurrentItem.FileExtension always return the file extension name which seems to match with the file name in the /_layouts/15/images/ folder.

For example msg = icmsg.gif or icmsg.png

Once done, the search results will show-up as following

Search-Icon

Using SharePoint 2010’s OOB search result to search in a particular library

There was a requirement to have a search text box and a button in landing page and show OOB search result from a single document library.

After doing some analysis on OOB search the following is the code which we came up with.

The technique is use the query string with query items “k=query”, “cs=This List” & “u=list’s absolute url”. Underlined items are the items which change dynamically.

http://server/sites/site/_layouts/OSSSearchResults.aspx?k=MyQuery&cs=This List&u=http://server/sites/site/MyLibrary