CANNEDSEARCH file format description

Many people share .cannedsearch files without attaching instructions on how to use it. Yet it isn’t evident for everyone which program a .cannedsearch file can be edited, converted or printed with. On this page, we try to provide assistance for handling .cannedsearch files.

1 filename extension(s) found in our database.

.cannedsearch - Mac OS X Finder Predefined Search Data

The CANNEDSEARCH data files are related to Mac OS X. The CANNEDSEARCH file is a Mac OS X Finder Predefined Search Data. The Finder is a file browser allowing quick access to all areas of the computer.

Mac OS X
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Mac OS X Finder Predefined Search Data related extensions:
MacGourmet Spotlight MetaData
MediaMonkey v3 Compressed Skin
Steinberg WaveLab Audio Montage
Macro ToolsWorks External Commands Data
1C:Enterprise Configuration Update Data
Fiery Color Profiler Locked Profile

Naturally, other applications may also use the .cannedsearch file extension. Even harmful programs can create .cannedsearch files. Be especially cautious with .cannedsearch files coming from an unknown source!

Can't open a .cannedsearch 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.

Operating systems currently supports the following operating systems:

Windows XP/Vista, Windows 7/8/10, Windows 11, CentOS, Debian GNU/Linux, Ubuntu Linux, FreeBSD, macOS, Mac OS X, iOS, Android

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