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What are SEARCH-MS files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a SEARCH-MS file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your SEARCH-MS 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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