When I add a specific subcategory to my query string on my search results page I can see the chosen refinements list and filter options for other categories, price ranges, etc. However if I only do a keyword search I do not see any filter options. How can I set my results page to show all available filters with just a keyword search?

Edited to add - here is the layout xml:

               <catalogsearch_result_index translate="label">
    <label>Quick Search Form</label>
    <update handle="page_two_columns_left" />
    <reference name="root">
        <action method="setTemplate"><template>page/1column.phtml</template></action>
    <reference name="left">
    <reference name="content">
        <block type="catalogsearch/layer" name="catalogsearch.leftnav" after="currency" template="catalog/layer/view.phtml"/>

        <block type="catalogsearch/result" name="search.result" template="catalogsearch/result.phtml">
            <block type="catalog/product_list" name="search_result_list" template="catalog/product/list.phtml">
                <block type="catalog/layer_view" name="filter" template="catalog/layer/view.phtml"/>
                <block type="catalog/product_list_toolbar" name="product_list_toolbar" template="catalog/product/list/toolbar.phtml">
                    <block type="page/html_pager" name="product_list_toolbar_pager"/>
                <action method="setColumnCount"><count>3</count></action>

                <action method="addColumnCountLayoutDepend"><layout>empty</layout><count>6</count></action>
                <action method="addColumnCountLayoutDepend"><layout>one_column</layout><count>5</count></action>
                <action method="addColumnCountLayoutDepend"><layout>two_columns_left</layout><count>4</count></action>
                <action method="addColumnCountLayoutDepend"><layout>two_columns_right</layout><count>4</count></action>
                <action method="addColumnCountLayoutDepend"><layout>three_columns</layout><count>3</count></action>
                <action method="setToolbarBlockName"><name>product_list_toolbar</name></action>
            <action method="setListOrders"/>
            <action method="setListModes"/>
            <action method="setListCollection"/>

Here is a screen shot of the page prior to any filters on the search: enter image description here

Here is one with a category filter added: enter image description here

  • what is layout of the catalog search page? like 2column-right or left?
    – Keyul Shah
    Commented Aug 6, 2014 at 6:01
  • The layout is one column. I've moved layer_view into the content section. Here is the layout XML
    – KRay
    Commented Aug 7, 2014 at 0:04
  • make layout 2columns-left then test
    – Keyul Shah
    Commented Aug 7, 2014 at 4:18

2 Answers 2


It may depends of the number of results.

Open the search settings at admin - system - configurations - catalog - catalog search and find the option "Apply Layered Navigation if Search Results are Less Than"

Enter "0" to enable layered navigation for any number of results.

  • I changed the setting from 2000 to 0 and cleared the cache but no dice.
    – KRay
    Commented Aug 7, 2014 at 0:03
  • May be all products on the result set has the same attribute values? Please post 2 screens with results, including the address bar?
    – Amasty
    Commented Aug 7, 2014 at 7:49
  • @KRay did you also refresh the indexes, specifically the Product Attributes index? Commented Aug 3, 2015 at 12:18
  • @KRay : Is it working ?
    – Gem
    Commented Apr 17, 2017 at 7:43
  • @Amasty "Apply Layered Navigation if Search Results are Less Than" option is not available in Magento 2.1.7 Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 11:52

replace xml

<reference name="left">



<reference name="left">
<block type="catalogsearch/layer" name="catalogsearch.leftnav" after="currency" template="catalog/layer/view.phtml"/>


and remove from name='content'

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