How to open the shs file extension

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How to open the shs file extension
Copying information from one product to another creates a hidden file that uses the SHS file extension. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

A file with the SHS extension is a hidden file created by Microsoft Office products in earlier versions. Office 2010 does not create files with the SHS extension as they pose a security risk to your system. The file contains data that you drag and drop among other Office files, such as when you transfer a graph into a Word document. These files are scrap files. You cannot open one by clicking on it, as you can with most files. Instead, you must drag and drop the file into a Microsoft program to see what the file contains.

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  1. 1

    Open a Microsoft Office product on your computer, using a version from 2007 or earlier. Use "File," and then "New" to open a new document or workbook, for example, into which to place the file with the SHS file extension.

  2. 2

    Click on the file to highlight it, and then drag it into the open document or workbook.

  3. 3

    Drop the file into the document or workbook. The contents display so that you can view what scraps were stored in the file.

Tips and warnings

  • Files with the SHS file extension may not display the extension in some systems.
  • Be careful when opening .SHS files as they have been known to carry viruses.

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