How to Disable Indexing XML File Extensions

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The Windows operating system has a memory that can find and display files within a few seconds of the search that you perform. The operating system does this through indexing, in which it keeps a record of where files are stored. This process is all-encompassing, in that Windows indexes all files, including XML files that you may not ever need to retrieve. To free up space and quicken the search process, you can disable indexing of XML file extensions.

  • Click the "Start" button and then the "Control Panel" option. Choose "System And Maintenance."

  • Select "Indexing Options" and then click the "Advanced" tab. Click the "File Type" tab.

  • Remove the check mark next to XML file extensions. Click the "OK" button. Close the windows and restart the computer.

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