SEARCH-MS file format description
Many people share .search-ms files without attaching instructions on how to use it. Yet it isn’t evident for everyone which program a .search-ms file can be edited, converted or printed with. On this page, we try to provide assistance for handling .search-ms files.
1 filename extension(s) found in our database.
.search-ms - Windows Saved Search
SEARCH-MS file is a Windows Saved Search. Windows Vista users can save a search query as a Search Folder, a virtual folder displayed in Windows Explorer under the Searches folder. Opening a Search Folder runs the saved search and displays up-to-date results. The saved search is generated from an XML file (search-ms) in the Searches folder.
Naturally, other applications may also use the .search-ms file extension. Even harmful programs can create .search-ms files. Be especially cautious with .search-ms files coming from an unknown source!
Can't open a .search-ms file?
When you double-click a file to open it, Windows examines the filename extension. If Windows recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When Windows does not recognize a filename extension, you receive the following message:
Windows can't open this file:
To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it. Windows can go online to look it up automatically, or you can manually select one from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.
To avoid this error, you need to set the file association correctly.
- Open Control Panel > Control Panel Home > Default Programs > Set Associations.
- Select a file type in the list and click Change Program.
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