Are site columns automatically searchable in SharePoint Online?

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That was always my assumption that site columns are automatically searchable once populated with content. I have a situation where a site column (text) used in a document library is not searchable... Is there anything else I need to do to be able to use values from that column in search? Thanks!

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Yes, they are sercheable but you might be missing here that you need to create Managed Properties in the search schem to simplify how users can search by column value

@Juan Carlos González MartínI now have a Managed Property created and when searching I am seeing the following behavior:

  • RefinableString11:[value from the column] -> document found
  • [value from the column] -> document not found

Is this expected? What should I do to be able to just enter the value from the column in the search box to find the document?