Tip: Enhance Windows Search with the Free Microsoft Filter Pack

The Windows Search service can be enhanced by installing the Microsoft Filter Pack, which provides additional IFilters to support critical search scenarios across multiple Microsoft Search products. The Filter Pack includes the following IFilters:

  • Metro (.docx, .docm, .pptx, .pptm, .xlsx, .xlsm, .xlsb)
  • Visio (.vdx, .vsd, .vss, .vst, .vdx, .vsx, .vtx)
  • OneNote (.one)
  • Zip (.zip)

These IFilters are designed to provide enhanced search functionality for the following products: SPS2003, MOSS2007, Search Server 2008, Search Server 2008 Express, WSSv3, Exchange 2007, SQL 2005, SQL 2008, and Windows Desktop Search 3.01.

When you install the Filter Pack (which you can download for free), the IFilters in the preceding list are installed and registered with the Windows Search service. The Filter Pack is available for x86 and x64 versions of Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003.

From the Microsoft Press book Windows Vista Resource Kit, Second Edition.

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