In order to use the People Search Tile, you will need to understand the nature of the tile. To help you achieve a deeper understanding, this article will address the following:
- Tile Capability
- Style & Behavior Options
- Tile Data Sources
- Prerequisite SharePoint or Office 365 Configurations
- Best Practices
Summary: The People Search Tile enables users to effectively search for Office 365 profile cards within an Active Directory. The tile uses Microsoft Office 365 Delve to manage your Office 365 profiles, and to discover & organize searched information. The tile allows users to customize how search pages are displayed.
Why the People Search Tile? The tile allows users to easily organize how search pages are displayed. You can search for users from wide range of characteristics (phone, location, department, job title, etc.). Once users enter text from the user's indexed profile information, such as name, title or location, a People Search Page will open in the display option that was chosen.
What the People Search Tile has to offer: The People Search tile offers easy searches (for O365 profiles) within an active directory. It also offers display and performance customization. Pages will open in the display option that was chosen.
Style & Behavior Options
Settings: The People Search Tile Settings is where users can customize the tile's display and behavior options. Within the People Search Tile, there are seven tabs. The main driving force between display styles will belong to General tab, Text tab, and the Icon Tab. The main driving force between behavior styles will belong to the Tile Behavior tab and the Links tab. The main driving force between tile functionality will belong to the Data tab. This section will go through each of the tabs.
The General Tab offers display customization for the tile. Users have the ability to adjust the dimension, spacing, and color of the tile. It is important to consider other elements within the page before making these customization.
Adjusts the width of the tile, in pixels.
Adjusts the height of the tile, in pixels.
Changes the background color of the tile using the color picker.
Adjusts the padding (the gap between the text and the edge of the tile) to the left, right, top or bottom of the tile, in pixels.
For more information on Advanced Styles, refer to the article that discusses the capabilities. Advanced Styles will almost always be under the General Tab. This feature is offered in most current tiles, but not all. There are a select few that does not have Advanced Styles features.
The Text tab offers stylistic typeface configurations. This tab mainly controls how text is displayed within the People Search Tile.
Changes the title of the tile.
Override Page Font
Allows you to override the page font. If toggled on, it will allow users to select various Font Families (below).
Changes the font family of the text within the Text field. Selectable via a drop-down list. (Only available when override page font is selected).
Changes the size (in pixels) of the text within the Text field.
Changes the color of the text within the Text field. Selectable via the color picker.
Changes the style of the text within the Text field. Either Italic and/or Underlined.
Changes the weight of the text within the Text field. Selectable via drop-down list.
The Icon Tab lets users change the search icon that appears on the tile.
Sets the location of where the icon image is retrieved from.
Icon Background Color
Changes the background color of the icon using the color picker.
The Data Tab is responsible for displaying and categorizing your search results. When users search for profiles within an active directory, the matching profiles will show a Primary Display Field and a Secondary Display Field. Additional Fields can also be added within this tab.
Primary Display Field
This field is defaulted to "Job Tile" but can be changed by selecting another field under the drop down menu. Sets what the primary field is to be shown on the People Search Page.
Secondary Display Field
This field is defaulted to "Location" but can also be changed by selecting another field under the drop down menu. Sets what the secondary field is to be shown on the People Search Page.
This is where users can add additional fields to be displayed when searching for profiles.
The Links Tab changes the way the People Search Page (search result) displays itself. It draws information from the Data Tab (display fields) and allows users to control how they want their data to be displayed.
Changes whether the People Search Page opens in card or list view. List view is the default.
List Page Colors
Changes the colors of the People Search Page which is opened by the People Search tile.
Changes where the links open, either New Window, In Place, Modal Dialogue or Slide. Options will appear with respect to the selected click target.
Modal Width (Links - Modal Dialogue)
Sets the width of the Modal Dialogue. Only visible when Modal Dialogue is selected.
Modal Height (Links - Modal Dialogue)
Sets the height of the Modal Dialogue. Only visible when Modal Dialogue is selected.
Modal Style (Links - Modal Dialogue)
Sets the border style of the modal Dialogue (Frameless, Framed or SharePoint). Only visible when modal dialogue is selected.
Slide Position (Links - Slide)
Sets which side the slide comes out from (left or right). Only visible when Slide is chosen.
This tab can either be Tile Behavior or Layout. Both of which depends on the type of canvas that is selected. For more information, refer to the following article: Tile Behavior & Layout tabs.
The Advanced tab allows for more direct control of the tile through administrative settings and custom code. Users can control tile visibility to specific groups of people, disallow other users to modify the tile, and implement custom CSS classes. For more information, refer to the following article: Advanced tab.
Tile Data Sources
The People Search Tile navigates to Office 365 (O365) Delve to access and display all O365 profiles within an active directory.
Office 365 Delve is a cloud-based solution that displays personal content. It is powered by Office Graph, which is essentially a database that collects information on user identity and activity. To learn more about Office 365 Delve, refer to the article that explains some of the features that Microsoft Office 365 Delve offers.
You can open Microsoft Delve by clicking on your profile picture located at the top right of your site screen, and clicking My Profile. Office 365 Delve manages Office 365 profiles, and helps users discover and organize information. To learn more about Office Delve, consider the following Microsoft articles:
Prerequisite SharePoint or Office 365 Configurations
Depending on your level of Microsoft Licensing the people search tile will link out to either a basic SharePoint profile or a Delve profile automatically. Therefore, there are no prerequisites for using the people search tile other than having a SharePoint environment for it to pull data from.
LiveTiles offers two iterations of people search, the people search tile and the people directory tile. While both exhibit the same functionality, pulling in profile information, they render it in different ways. The people search tile, as explained in this article, renders the information as a pop-up, while the people directory tile renders the profile information in-line.
Depending on that nature of the experience you are trying to create, one may be more suitable for your layout than the other.
We also recommend that users keep their profile information fairly up to date in order to ensure that the tile pulls in the most relevant information and can be used to its full capacity.