In Outlook 2007, can you save and open an "advanced find" search as a file?

I've found some blogs and other articles that seem to imply that you can save an Outlook 2007 "Advanced Find" search as a file (as opposed to as a folder in the "Search Folders" item in your mailbox or PST). As far as I can tell, your only options to save the search is to "Save Search as Search Folder..." but the articles make it sound like the Open and Save As selections can allow you to save the actual search criteria. Instead, Open and Save As only relate to selected items within the search results below. If none of the items below are selected, Save As is greyed out, as is the only option under Open, "Selected Items."

I know, this is 2007, not 2003, and I assumed that this was simply the way things are done, that you're supposed to save search criteria as a branch under Saved Searches. But then why do these articles imply you can party like it's 2003?
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David LeeCommented:
Him johngerity.

I can't speak to why the blogs you mention imply that it's possible to save an Advanced Find to a file.  It's not possible.  Microsoft removed the ability to save searches in Outlook 2000 - 2003 in the security patch described in this article:  This Microsoft KB article ( describes a means of re-enabling the ability to save searches in Outlook 2000 - 2003.  Outlook 2007 does not have the ability to save searches.  This is by design.

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johngerityAuthor Commented:
The articles are probably from before the updates came out, and/or they just never did their homework relating to that.

David LeeCommented:
You're welcome.
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