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What are SEARCH-MS files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a SEARCH-MS file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is a SEARCH-MS file?

A .SEARCH-MS file is a Microsoft Vista Saved Search file.

The .search-ms file extension is most commonly associated with the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system. These files contain Microsoft Windows index search data files. Files with the .search-ms extension are a part of an index maintained by the operating system that allows a user to search for files on PCs and computer networks. The .search-ms files are text files saved in XML format.

How to open SEARCH-MS files

Important: Different programs may use files with the SEARCH-MS file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your SEARCH-MS file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

We have not yet verified any programs for Windows that work with this specific file format. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below. Thanks!

Last updated: December 5, 2022

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