Unable to search .docx files in Sharepoint 2003, requires Microsoft filter pack

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If you're a Sharepoint 2003 user you may have noticed your Microsoft Office 2007 files are not indexable in Sharepoint.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Metadata values for 2007 Office files are not copied to or from SharePoint list columns.
  • You receive no search results when you query for the contents of 2007 Office files.
  • Icons that represent 2007 Office files are incorrect. Instead, a generic icon is displayed next to 2007 Office files in the document library.
  • When you click the arrow next to a 2007 Office document in the document library, you do not see an Edit in Microsoft Office ProgramName option.

All of this is explained in Microsoft's "SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 do not support the 2007 Office file types"

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/936909

Bottom line, you're required to install an ifilter at the vary least or have a plan to upgrade to Sharepoint 2007.

To install an ifilter pack, check http://support.microsoft.com/kb/946337/ "How to register Microsoft Filter Pack with SharePoint Portal Server 2003"

There you will find instructions on installing the 2007 Office System Converter: Microsoft Filter Pack.

Sources:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/936909

http://www.therightstuff.de/2006/12/16/Office+2007+File+Icons+For+Windows+SharePoint+Services+20+And+SharePoint+Portal+Server+2003.aspx