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.SHS File Extension

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File TypeMicrosoft Scrap File

DeveloperMicrosoft
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CategoryMisc Files
FormatBinary

Binary

This file is saved in a binary format, which requires a specific program to read its contents.

Definition

File created by Microsoft Word and Excel when a user drags and drops selected document text onto the desktop; contains a copy of the highlighted contents in its native document format; used to copy portions of a document for insertion into another document.

More Information

SHS files are special OLE object files and cannot be opened directly. They can only be dragged into another opened document. When SHS files are created, an associated icon is placed on the desktop. If this icon is deleted, the scrap file is also deleted.

Support for scrap files was discontinued with Windows Vista. Earlier versions of Windows included the Windows Shell Scrap Object Handler, which is stored in the file shscrap.dll. This file handled the drag and drop operations to and from Word and Excel documents to create SHS files. However, SHS files cannot be opened in Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8, since these Windows versions do not include the handler.

NOTE: SHS files typically have a hidden ".shs" file extension. Be careful when opening them since they are executable and have been known to contain viruses.

Programs that open SHS files
Windows
Microsoft Word 2016
Microsoft Excel 2016
Updated 5/9/2014

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