SHS File Extension

SHS file icon
Microsoft Scrap Format
  • Developer
    Microsoft
  • Popularity
    4.1 (13 votes)

What is SHS file?

File with.SHS extension contains a fragment of Microsoft Word or Excel document in the form of an embedded object created and used by older Windows systems. Program that supports OLE objects in SHS document files is called shscrap.dll - Windows Shell Scrap Object Handler. The program was included in Windows Vista, the last Windows edition that used this solution. The program was used for copying and saving part of given document to be copied into other document.

SHS file is generated as a result of dragging-and-dropping a fragment of an Office document. By selecting a part of given text and dragging it to Desktop, a new SHS is created by handler called shscrap. The generated file by default had its extension hidden. User cannot open it – it can only be copied into an opened document. SHS is an executable format and as such is vulnerable to being used as a virus infection vector.

Programs which support SHS file extension

Programs that can handle SHS files are as follows. Files with SHS suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

Programs that support SHS file

How to open file with SHS extension?

Being unable to open files with SHS extension can be have various origins. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Microsoft Scrap Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.

Step 1. Install Microsoft Word software

Problems with opening and working with SHS files are most probably having to do with no proper software compatible with SHS files being present on your machine. This issue can be addressed by downloading and installing Microsoft Word or different compatible program, such as Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Excel. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support SHS files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Microsoft Word website and download the installer.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Microsoft Word

You still cannot access SHS files although Microsoft Word is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. If you have an older version of Microsoft Word installed, it may not support SHS format. The latest version of Microsoft Word should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Set the default application to open SHS files to Microsoft Word

If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate SHS files with latest version of Microsoft Word you have installed on your device. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Change the default application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the SHS file
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • Finally select Look for another app on this PC, point to the folder where Microsoft Word is installed, check the Always use this app to open SHS files box and conform your selection by clicking OK button

Change the default application in Mac OS

  • From the drop-down menu, accessed by clicking the file with SHS extension, select Information
  • Proceed to the Open with section. If its closed, click the title to access available options
  • Select Microsoft Word and click Change for all...
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with SHS extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Ensure that the SHS file is complete and free of errors

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the SHS file in question. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

1. Check the SHS file for viruses or malware

Should it happed that the SHS is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. SHS file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

Did you receive the SHS file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. It could happen the the download process of file with SHS extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

There is a possibility that the file in question can only be accessed by users with sufficient system privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Microsoft Scrap Format file.

4. Check whether your system can handle Microsoft Word

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

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with Microsoft Scrap Format file. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle SHS files.

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