Prevent indexing of certain file types

Enabling this policy allows you to edit the list of file types to exclude from indexing. The end user cannot modify this list. You should separate each extension type with a semicolon.

Note that limitations of Group Policy Object Editor require this list to be split across multiple values. Desktop Search combines all these into a single exclusion list.

When this policy is disabled or not configured, the user can edit the default list of excluded file types. If you enable and then disable this policy, the user's original list is restored.

If you want to specify an initial default list of excluded file types that users can change later, see the administration guide for information about how to set up the initial machine preference.

Supported on: Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 with Windows Search version 3.01, or any version of Microsoft Windows with Windows Search 4.0 or later
Exclude

Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Registry PathSOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search
Value NameExcludedExtensionsMultiline0
Value TypeREG_SZ
Default Value.386;.aps;.bin;.bk1;.bk2;.bkf;.blf;.bsc;.btr;.cat;.cfg;.cgm;.chk;.ci;.crwl;.cur;.dat;.dbg;.dct;.dir;.dl_;.el;.evt;.ex_;.exp;.eyb;.fnt;.fon;.ghi;.gthr;.hqx;.icm;.idb;.idx;.ilk;.imc;.in_;.inl;.inv
and

Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Registry PathSOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search
Value NameExcludedExtensionsMultiline1
Value TypeREG_SZ
Default Value.ipp;.jbf;.lib;.local;.log;.log1;.log2;.m14;.mac;.man;.manifest;.map;.MAPIMail;.mmf;.mui;.muimanifest;.mv;.ncb;.obj;.oc_;.ocx;.onecache;.onetoc;.onetoc2;.ost;.pch;.pdb;.pds;.pf;.pic;.pma;.pmc;.pml
and

Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Registry PathSOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search
Value NameExcludedExtensionsMultiline2
Value TypeREG_SZ
Default Value.pmr;.pst;.res;.rmp;.rpc;.rsp;.sbr;.sc2;.sit;.sr_;.sy_;.sym;.TMCONTAINER00000000000000000001;.tlb;.tlh;.tmf;.tmp;.ttc;.ttf;.ttx;.TMCONTAINER00000000000000000002;.ufm;.vbx;.vxd;.wll;.wlt;.xbm;.xix;.z96;.ZFSendToTarget
and

Registry HiveHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Registry PathSOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search
Value NameExcludedExtensionsMultiline3
Value TypeREG_SZ
Default Value

search.admx

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