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Do we have a list of file types not handled by SharePoint Document

  Asked By: Carlton    Date: Feb 17    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 3706

Are there some application files; i.e. CAD that might not be supported
in SharePoint Document Libraries?



2 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Judy Pittman     Answered On: Feb 17

This is an interesting question, though it is presented in an odd way.

First, we have to define what is meant by "handled" or "supported".
Second, we have to determine how it is that files  are added to be
handled or supported. Finally, does it make sense to provide a list  of
all files that are not supported (since anyone can arbitrarily designate
any random file  extension for any use) or does it make more sense to
provide a list of files that are supported?

I'll address these in the order I've listed above:

1. To me, basic support of a file means that I can upload it to a
document library and use basic library features, such as
check-in/check-out and version control. The next level of support would
be having a document  text be indexed and searchable. Finally, full
integration with SharePoint document libraries  means (to me) that I can
access SharePoint list properties (columns, meta data, etc.) from within
the client application, like I can in Office 2007.

2. In order to provide the basic support of document library
integration as I've described it above, you don't have to do anything!
You can use any file type except for those explicitly denied in the
Central Administration >> Operations >> Security Configuration >>
Blocked File Types. In order to provide the next level of support of
having the content within a file indexed and searchable, you must
install and configure an iFilter for any file type that is not indexed
out of the box.

3. To provide a list of files that are supported is easier than to
provide a list of files that are not supported. Of course, Microsoft
support more than 200 file types  out of the box and this list can be
found on Microsoft's site. In addition to the iFilters that come out of
the box, there are numerous third party tools that are providing
iFilters (many of which are free, such as one of the DWG iFilters). If
you cannot find an iFilter to purchase for your specific document type,
you can definitely write your own.

I hope that you find this helpful.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time if I can be of any
further or additional assistance.

Answer #2    Answered By: Christian Waters     Answered On: Feb 17

You can adjust what files  are accepted into Document Libraries by adding
or removing files from the Blocked file  Types ist. The list  is accessed
in Central Administration on the Operations tab.

But if you mean by supported the ability to add them as content types  in
the New button then you have to have a .dll that is referenced in the
DocIcon.xml file in the 12 hive. Currently there is only support for
Office files.