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OSS File Extension

Microsoft Outlook Saved Search Format
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What is OSS file?

Full format name of files that use OSS extension is Microsoft Outlook Saved Search Format. Microsoft defined the Microsoft Outlook Saved Search Format format standard. OSS file format is compatible with software that can be installed on Windows system platform. OSS file belongs to the Settings Files category just like 1305 other filename extensions listed in our database. Users are advised to use Microsoft Outlook software for managing OSS files, although 1 other programs can also handle this type of file. Microsoft Outlook software was developed by Microsoft Corporation, and on its official website you may find more information about OSS files or the Microsoft Outlook software program.

Programs which support OSS file extension

Programs that can handle OSS files are as follows. Files with OSS extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.

Programs that support OSS file

How to open file with OSS extension?

Being unable to open files with OSS extension can be have various origins. What is important, all common issues related to files with OSS extension can be resolved by the users themselves. The process is quick and doesn’t involve an IT expert. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Install Microsoft Outlook software

Install software to open OSS file The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports OSS files installed on the system. This one is an easy one. Select Microsoft Outlook or one of the recommended programs (for example, Microsoft Office) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. The safest method of downloading Microsoft Outlook installed is by going to developer’s website (Microsoft Corporation) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Update Microsoft Outlook to the latest version

Update software that support file extension OSSIf the problems with opening OSS files still occur even after installing Microsoft Outlook, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Microsoft Outlook is available. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. If you have an older version of Microsoft Outlook installed, it may not support OSS format. All of the file formats that were handled just fine by the previous versions of given program should be also possible to open using Microsoft Outlook.

Step 3. Assign Microsoft Outlook to OSS files

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate OSS files with latest version of Microsoft Outlook you have installed on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

Associate software with OSS file on Windows

Change the default application in Windows

  • Clicking the OSS with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the Microsoft Outlook installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open OSS files box and clicking OK button.
Associate software with OSS file on Mac

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • Right-click the OSS file and select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with OSS extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Check the OSS for errors

Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the OSS file is valid. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

Check OSS file for viruses
1. Verify that the OSS in question is not infected with a computer virus

If the OSS is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the OSS file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Verify that the OSS file’s structure is intact

If the OSS file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. If the OSS file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Microsoft Outlook Saved Search Format file.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run Microsoft Outlook

If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with OSS extension. In this case close the other applications.

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Latest versions of programs and drivers may help you solve problems with Microsoft Outlook Saved Search Format files and ensure security of your device and operating system. It may be the case that the OSS files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

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