In earlier versions of applications such as Microsoft Office, LibreOffice (OpenOffice), Arhicad and some others, when a fragment of a document was copied to the desktop, hidden files were automatically created. They were used by the program to temporarily store information from the clipboard. As soon as the copied chunk was pasted into a new document, the true extension was hidden, and the file-shs remained on the desktop.
The scrap2rtf utility
Use the scrap2rtf application to view the contents of the shs file. Its new version is available in Russian and has a simple interface that even an untrained user can understand. This program converts an unreadable shs format to rtf. You can download the program on the manufacturers website. During installation, you will need to accept the license, select the required components (it is better to leave them by default) and specify the folder where the application will be installed.
Be careful. Files with the shs extension contain not only text or graphics, but also scripts of the original document. They can contain viruses and other malicious programs that pose a serious danger.
After running the utility, you will see the scrap2rtf welcome window. Click the "Next" button and you will see the "Select fragment files to convert" dialog box. Click on the "Add File" button and use the explorer to locate the shs file. The specified path will be displayed in the working field of the program. Click "Next" and in the next dialog box select the location to save the file by clicking on the "Browse" button. Here you can also tick the additional function "Delete fragment file after conversion". Click on the "Next" button again.
A window will open in which you can watch the conversion process. After finishing the conversion, click the "Next" button. In the window that opens with a proposal to visit the site of the program developers, click "Finish" to exit the application. The resulting rtf file can now be opened with a text editor.
How to open shs file without installing special programs
Earlier versions of the Windows operating system, including XP, contained the Windows Shell Scrap Object handler, which was stored in the shscrap.dll file. It was used to handle copy operations and shs creation. This allowed users to open shs-documents as regular files.
If you have Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate installed, you can open the shs file by going into Windows XP Mode. The downloadable package, along with installation instructions, is easy to find on the Microsoft website.
Later versions of OS, starting from Vista, no longer include the shscrap.dll library. Now, to open the shs file, you will have to copy the handler from Windows XP and paste it into the folder located at C: \ Windows \ System32. Then you need to make the appropriate changes to the Windows registry. This operation may require administrator rights.
Both the library itself and the registry file required for its registration in the system can be found on the Internet. In this case, you need to select the version in accordance with the OS installed on the computer. Unpack the downloaded archive, file shscrap.dll, copy it to the folder with the above address, and place scraps.reg on the "Desktop".
Open the Start menu, click Run, type regedit and press Enter. The Registry Editor window will open. In the "File" menu, select the "Import" item and point to the prepared scraps.reg file. In the window that appears, confirm the entry of data into the register. All is ready. The shs files will now be opened by double clicking in the appropriate program.