An Overview of Site Collection Administration Tools

These tools are visible only to a site collection administrator and only from the top-level site of the site collection. Lower-level sites will have a link in this section of the page labeled Go to Top Level Site Settings. These tools affect the full range of sites in the site collection and can affect search settings, site collection features, auditing, policies, content types, the use of SharePoint Designer, and numerous other features:

Search Settings— Allows custom scopes to be enabled by connecting this site collection with a Search Center, or limits scope to simply This Site. A variety of drop-down modes for search boxes are also available to choose from, and the site collection search ...

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