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    How to open a file with shs extenstion?

    Is this the correct forum for this? I have a file with an shs extension that's at least 10 years old. I'm trying to open to see if it contains an important document or not. I'm having no luck finding out how to do it via Internet search and I don't want to pay for a program (which it seems you have to do with FileCure which you realize only after you've downloaded it, kind of unfair!) since the info might not be what I'm looking for after all!

    Is there a way to at least see what's in the file? I've tried dragging and dropping it into both Word 2007 and Notepad, but without success.

    Thanks for any suggestions. If it's not do-able, I can recreate the document from a hard copy - it's a lengthy Word table so I'm trying to avoid it!

    Linda

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    Have you tried creating another document in Word and then dragging the .SHS file into it?

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    Hi Joe,

    You truly are amazing: you're everywhere in the lounge - thank goodness!!

    What I did was:
    - open a new document in Word
    - drag the shs file from the floppy (yes, it's on one of those!!) to the Word doc
    - it looked like a little image when I did so
    - I double clicked it and got the same message about Windows needing to know what program to use
    - option suggested was Notebook which produced just a bunch of letters and numbers and symbols all over the place as did Word when I chose it just now.

    KEY QUESTION: I did notice that the file is 221 KB in size. That's pretty small, isn't it? Is there any way that's enough for a 10 page Word table? If not, the file isn't what we're looking for and likely I should just stop trying - and getting you to try! - and recreate it from my hard copy.

    Looking forward to your thoughts!

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    I suppose that could be the image size. A .shs file is scrap file. You need to drag it to an open document. See SHS file extension and What is a .shs file.

    Joe

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    This site has some info on .shs files.......
    How to open SHS

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    I read the link info, thank you. It added to what I'd read earlier. One thing I noticed from recent links: since it was likely a desktop shortcut, would the problem opening it be because the file was created on a different computer in a different company and never on any of my computers?

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    Thanks for the new link. It gave me the same steps I'd been following to drag and drop in a new blank open Word document but it opens only a bunch of gibberish: I can make out a few words, such as Column Break and Page Break and the name of the company that created the file, but those words are lost in lots of letters and symbols!!

    Also, on one of the other linked to sites, I downloaded a free program that was supposed to help, called Registry Booster. I scanned and it came up with hundreds of dangerous registry errors. Can't see anything about opening shs files, however. What do I do? Ignore the "Fix" errors button? I am very nervous about playing around with my registry with a previously unknown program.

    Linda

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    Update: Just went further after seeing all the gibberish and actually opened it fully using default Windows. I hadn't been going past the step which gave an option of which language to open it in because all I could see on the screen was the gibberish. Once I clicked OK on that screen, lo and behold, I see there are 448 pages. Kept scrolling, I finally did find the text I was searching for, but all the formatting of the original and detailed table is lost - there is just line after line of the content.

    Is there any way to restore formatting? If not, I think it's going to be easier to re-enter everything. Sorry I wasn't following directions thoroughly enough! It was that initial screen of nonsense that threw me off track!

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    I doubt there is any way to recapture the formatting. Who knows why the formatting got lost? I think you better warm up those digits for a long day's work.

    BTW, skip the registry cleanup software. Just a ploy to get you to shell out good money.

    Joe

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    Thanks once again, Joe, especially for the advice re. the registry cleanup. Am deleting it right after I post this. Then, off to Word to recreate the table and its contents. Still I've now learned more worthwhile information in the course of this thread:
    - check that all parts of key docs are saved on other than your hard drive and don't be fooled by a doc title that suggests everything is there when some (lengthy table stuff!) is not!
    - how to open shs files if I need to again
    - to beware software that offers to clean up the registry

    Not to mention the further reinforcement that this Lounge is a lifesaver! (and a pretty good way to warm up digits!!)

    Linda

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