Search scopes enable users and designers to limit the scope of any search.
Use the Search Scope settings here to control how scopes will be used by the current SharePoint Search Result Web Part. You have the following options:
• Ignore search scope: The web part will always return results from the entire site, regardless of user selections or incoming URL values.
• Use search scope from URL: The web part will use whatever scope was specified in the incoming URL (which also includes the query). This is the standard scope functionality. Typically, the incoming scope will be the one specified by the user using the scope control of a search form.
• Use fixed search scope: The web part will always return results from a specific fixed scope, regardless of user selections or incoming URL values. If you choose this option, then you must also specify the fixed scope to use by making a selection from the Fixed search scope drop-down list. Note that this list includes all of the scopes defined for your SharePoint installation—you do not need to configure them specially for Ontolica, as you do if you want to include a scope selector in your Search Box or search form.