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On my site, I want some pages to not be queriable by the search form (so they don't appear when I've got something like www.ex.com/?s=banana)

Is there a way to "Remove" pages from the search results page (without just blindly do a condition of if is_page(id), display:none)

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up vote 9 down vote accepted

In WP_Query() there is a 'post__not_in' argument where you can exclude specific post ID's.

You would create a new WP_Query inside of your search.php and use the current $query_args, then add on your 'post__not_in'.

If you wanted to make it more dynamic, you could also build in some post meta where you could do a meta query and exclude all that have "exclude" checked. (look up 'register_meta_box_cb' in register_post_type ).

For example,

function wpse67626_exclude_posts_from_search( $query ){

    if( $query->is_main_query() && is_search() ){
         //Exclude posts by ID
         $post_ids = array(7,19,21);
         $query->set('post__not_in', $post_ids);

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+1. Would add that if the posts you are excluding belong to a particular post type then you can exclude them from search when you register_post_type – Stephen Harris Oct 9 '12 at 13:25
Thanks for adding the example, Stephen! – Eric Holmes Oct 9 '12 at 13:26

To exclude all pages from search results (i.e. without having to manually supply page IDs) simply modify @EricHolmes's function like so:

add_action( 'pre_get_posts', 'wpse67626_exclude_posts_from_search' );
function wpse67626_exclude_posts_from_search( $query ) {
    if ( $query->is_main_query() && $query->is_search() ) {

        // Get an array of all page IDs with `get_all_page_ids()` function
        $query->set( 'post__not_in', get_all_page_ids() );

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