Files with shs extension are quite often found as special OLE objects (scraps) from various Windows / MS Office apps.

There is one other file type using
the SHS file extension!

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SHS file extension - Microsoft Windows Shell Scrap Object

What is shs file? How to open shs files?

File extension shs is mainly associated with Microsoft Windows Shell Scrap Objects.

A .scrap file, or scrap object is a special OLE object and is not a readable file. You cannot open an shs file nor can you insert it into another document (for example, you cannot insert an .shs file by using the File command on the Insert menu in Word).

To place a scrap into a document or workbook, you must drag it to the document. However, you can rename the scrap object or move it from one directory to another just as you can rename or move an ordinary file.

This file is a native program document that contains the information that was selected and dragged onto the Windows desktop. If you select and delete the desktop icon, the corresponding SHS file will also be deleted. You can select and drag a scrap file on the desktop into another document.

In Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel applications, you can drag and drop selected document text, drawing objects, and graphics to the Windows desktop. A desktop icon is created for the scrap file, along with a file located in the Windows\Desktop subfolder with an shs extension.

The Word for Windows scrap file document contains margin settings of 0 (zero) inches. When you drag the scrap document into another Word document, the scrap file conforms to the page setup of the existing Word document; thus, only the contents of the scrap file are transferred into the Word document.

An Internet virus that comes as an e-mail attachment or Web site download with an SHS extension. shs files are Windows OLE "scrap files," which act as containers, or packages, for a variety of contents, including executable code. If run the program or script within the shs file, it can do almost anything. The file tricks people because it does not use an obvious, executable extension such as exe or vbs.

The shs files are, like many other file formats, hidden in Windows by default. To enable file extension viewing in Windows, open Windows Explorer and choose "Tools" - "Folder Options" - "View or Tools" - "Folder Options" - "File Types", locate the desired file type(desired and choose Advanced. Then check the box next to "Always Show Extension".

Updated: April 19, 2024

The default software associated to open shs file:

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Help how to open:

You cannot open Windows Shell Scrap Objects (*.shs file) directly. However, you can paste the information, that is stored in the memory in to the other application.

How to convert:

Recovery of *.shs file is problematic at best, but doable.

Find conversions from shs file:

shs to pdf

shs to rtf

File identification strings:

HEX code: D0 CF 11 E0 A1 B1 1A E1
ASCII code: R.o.o.t...E.n.t.r.y

Related links:

What Is a Scrap (.shs) File?

List of software applications associated to the .shs file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open shs file, edit shs file, convert shs file, view shs file, play shs file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting shs files.

Software that import shs file - Microsoft Windows Shell Scrap Object

Programs supporting the exension shs on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about scrap2rtf for import shs file action.

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