Visio IFilter: Text Search in Visio Files Add-in is now available

The Microsoft Visio IFilter 2003 is a component used by the Windows Indexing service and SharePoint Portal Server 2003 to extract text strings from Visio files (.VSD, .VSS, .VST, .VDX, .VSX, and .VTX formats). The text strings are then indexed by these servers and the resulting indices are made available to several client applications that provide a user interface to search for text strings in files. The Add-in is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center.


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The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:

  • Visio IFilter 2003 Add-in: Text Search in Visio Files
    With this download, you can extend the text search features in Windows, Office and SharePoint Products and Technologies to include searching within Visio 2003 files.
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These search clients include Visio 2003 Find Shape, Windows 2000 and Windows XP File Explorer search, Office 2003 search, Windows SharePoint Services 2003 search, and SharePoint Portal Server search. The following strings are indexed: Document properties like Title, Subject, Author, Keywords, Description, Page, Master, and Shape names, Shape text, User cells, Custom properties and Hyperlinks. Think of the Microsoft Visio IFilter as an extension to the Windows Indexing Service and to SharePoint Portal Server indexing service. To use the Visio IFilter, you must set up and start these indexing services.