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SharePoint 2013

Updated: June 18, 2013

Applies to:  SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise | SharePoint Server 2013 Standard | SharePoint Foundation 2013 

Enables or disables parsing of a specified file format.

Set-SPEnterpriseSearchFileFormatState [-Identity] <DocumentParserFileFormatStatePipeBind> [-Enable] <$true | $false> -SearchApplication <SearchServiceApplicationPipeBind> [-AssignmentCollection <SPAssignmentCollection>] [-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]] [-WhatIf [<SwitchParameter>]]


Parameter Required Type Description




Specifies the identification of the file format to be disabled or enabled.




Specifies the activation state of the file format. The activation state can be $FALSE (disabled) or $TRUE (enabled).




Specifies the name of the search application that contains the file format. The type must be a valid GUID, in the form 12345678-90ab-cdef-1234-567890bcdefgh; a valid search application name (for example, SearchApp1); or an instance of a valid SearchServiceApplication object.




Manages objects for the purpose of proper disposal. Use of objects, such as SPWeb or SPSite, can use large amounts of memory and use of these objects in Windows PowerShell scripts requires proper memory management. Using the SPAssignment object, you can assign objects to a variable and dispose of the objects after they are needed to free up memory. When SPWeb, SPSite, or SPSiteAdministration objects are used, the objects are automatically disposed of if an assignment collection or the Global parameter is not used.

note Note:

When the Global parameter is used, all objects are contained in the global store. If objects are not immediately used, or disposed of by using the Stop-SPAssignment command, an out-of-memory scenario can occur.




Prompts you for confirmation before executing the command. For more information, type the following command: get-help about_commonparameters




Displays a message that describes the effect of the command instead of executing the command. For more information, type the following command: get-help about_commonparameters

Detailed Description

The Set-SPEnterpriseSearchFileFormatState cmdlet enables or disables the content processing component from parsing a specified file format. You can only use this cmdlet for file formats that the content processing component parses with a built-in format handler. You can use the Get-SPEnterpriseSearchFileFormatState cmdlet to verify that a content processing component uses a built-in format handler for a specified file format.

To enable parsing of a file format, set Enabled to “$TRUE”. To disable parsing of a file format, set Enabled to “$FALSE”.

note Note:

A file format can support more than one file name extension, see Default crawled file name extensions and parsed file types in SharePoint Server 2013 for an overview. The Set-SPEnterpriseSearchFileFormatState cmdlet enables or disables parsing of all file name extensions the file format supports.

Your change is effective after you restart the SharePoint 2013 Search Host Controller process of each server that hosts a content processing component in the Search service application.

Input Types

Return Types


$ssa = Get-SPEnterpriseSearchServiceApplication
Set-SPEnterpriseSearchFileFormatState –SearchApplication $ssa PDF $FALSE

This example uses the Set-SPEnterpriseSearchFileFormatState cmdlet to disable the format handler for the file format "PDF".

Change History

Date Description

June 18, 2013

Clarified that this cmdlet can be used only for file formats parsed using built-in format handlers.

July 16, 2012

Initial publication

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