Adding Searchable files ti Search in Sharepoint

I have a farm with two WFE's, two App servers and a SQL DB server.  Search is hosted on the APP Servers with the query running on the WFEs.

How can I add a file type to be crawled by the Search Application?  this file is fine to open using notepad etc.  the Extension is .SPM.

I have seen lots of conflicting advice and am looking for something definitive.

Also I would like to be able to open these docs directly from the browser, I have IE 8 and it allows me to save it in Sharepoint, when I open it I am asked to Save or cancel.

thanks,

Glynn
GlynnSuttonAsked:
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Justin SmithConnect With a Mentor Sr. System EngineerCommented:
You didn't specify a version, so I assume 2010.

Also, as far as opening in browser, take a peek at this:  http://www.mssharepointtips.com/tip.asp?id=1187
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Justin SmithSr. System EngineerCommented:
Central Admin - Manage Service Applications - Click on your Search app.  On the Search Admin page, in the left nav you will see a link for File Types.  This is where you add.

Keep in mind, SharePoint will crawl the metadata associated with these files, but if you are looking to crawl any text inside, SharePoint needs an iFilter to enable that.
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GlynnSuttonAuthor Commented:
Apologies, here are afew more details:

Version : Sharepoint 2010

I am looking to crawl the contents of the file.  So how do I congigure an iFilter for this file?
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Justin SmithConnect With a Mentor Sr. System EngineerCommented:
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GlynnSuttonAuthor Commented:
Unfortunately these .spm files are not produced from the word perfect application.  They are from a software that is very old (for some machinery we use).  They are named .spm but are essentially .txt files with the extension changed.

forgive my ignorance but can the ifilter enables the crawling of .txt files just be set to scan a different file extention, in my case .spm?

thanks

Glynn
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Justin SmithSr. System EngineerCommented:
I'm not familiar enough with your file type, but you would just need to test.  If it can't, I'm afraid you'll probably be out of luck.  

Fortunately, the out of the box iFilter that ships with SharePoint has the ability to crawl plain text documents (regardless of extension), so there is a good chance it will.
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