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Microsoft® SharePoint® Designer 2010 Unleashed by Kathy Hughes

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Looking Inside an InfoPath File: XSN Files

When you save an InfoPath form, the form is saved as type XSN, which is effectively the form template. If you save the form out to your local file system then you can rename the XSN file to type CAB and then open the CAB file to view the InfoPath form’s contents. An XSN file is made up of several file types, depending on what you’ve included as part of your InfoPath form solution. For instance, if you’ve included any resource files then those files are included as part of the XSN file. The XSN typically comprises the following file types:

XSF: Manifest or form definition file. This is the master file that includes information about the form’s schema and other related files stored as part of the form ...

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