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    Document scraps (MS Word 2000 9.0.2720)

    I like to use document scraps to save bits of information. Eventually when I cleaned my "desktop" I saved these to the external HD. I tried today to open one by double clicking and I didn't get the desired results. It opened as a text file with all sorts of weird symbols. I then tried to force it to open in MS Word but Word ends up "not responding" or also opening in garbage type. So for experimentation, I tried creating a new scrap and drug it to the desktop. When I tried to open the newly created document scrap, I have the same unsatisfactory result. Does anyone have any suggestions concerning what I can do to open these files?


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    Re: Document scraps (MS Word 2000 9.0.2720)

    I wonder whether Word is opening them with an incorrect filter? Do you have this checkbox ticked: Tools>Options..., General, Confirm Conversions at Open? Sometimes it helps with unusual file formats.

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    Re: Document scraps (MS Word 2000 9.0.2720)

    Can you check your "association" for SHS files?

    In Windows Explorer or My Computer, Tools>Folder Options..., File Types tab, SHS, Advanced, then for open, Edit... I have:

    <code>rundll32 C:WINDOWSsystem32shscrap.dll,OpenScrap_RunDLL %1</code>


    (Note, in the Lounge, to post a % followed by a number, use the special tag <!t>[%]<!/t> to avoid strange formatting problems.)

    Note: that is for Windows XP. Windows 2000 would have a different Windows folder name. Not sure about other flavors of Windows.
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    Re: Document scraps (MS Word 2000 9.0.2720)

    Hi Jefferson,

    I didn


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    Re: Document scraps (MS Word 2000 9.0.2720)

    It might be easier to try making the change through the File Types dialog. I'm not sure Open With can handle the complicated command line for a DLL.

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    Re: Document scraps (MS Word 2000 9.0.2720)

    Hi! Yes, I tried that method too but I still received the same error message as I listed in my earlier post. I haven't done anything more about it this afternoon. I thought I'd try to find the .exe file on my other PC (which is upstairs under a pile of clutter) and copy/paste it into system32 folder to see if that will solve the problem....... <img src=/S/time.gif border=0 alt=time width=32 height=48> will tell! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Document scraps (MS Word 2000 9.0.2720)

    > I thought I'd try to find the .exe file on my other PC

    I believe the executable is <code>RunDLL32.exe</code> and the DLL it is running is <code>ShScrap.dll</code>:

    <code>rundll32 C:WINDOWSsystem32shscrap.dll,OpenScrap_RunDLL %1</code>

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    Re: Document scraps (MS Word 2000 9.0.2720)

    Me again. I guess I thought I had to have an .exe called "shscrap" since that's what was listed in the "application" box. Rundll32.exe is in the System32 folder as is the shscrap.dll. I went through the editing process again with no joy. I'll post my results to this so you can see and maybe spot my error? I tried a "repair" of MSWord but that didn't do anything. Is this actually part of the O/S? And if I need to do a "sfc" then I think I need to create a slipstream disk to get this done? This problem reminds me of a splinter - very small but very irritating!

    Thanks for your patience! I appreciate it lots! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Document scraps (MS Word 2000 9.0.2720)

    Whoops, I get that error, too. Apparently Windows is smart enough to figure out the location of rundll when a scrap is launched, but the File Types dialog is not so smart. Rather than go into the registry to change the command, try this full path:

    <code>C:WINDOWSSYSTEM32rundll32.exe C:WINDOWSsystem32shscrap.dll,OpenScrap_RunDLL %1</code>

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    Re: Document scraps (MS Word 2000 9.0.2720)

    Maybe it's just a coincidence, but in searching around for info on SHS files I came across a worm named Stages or Life Stages that changed the program associated with SHS file to your default program for .txt files -- which usually would be Notepad. One of its other symptoms was renaming the regedit program so that if you did Start>Run..., regedit <Enter> you would get file not found error. You might do an extra virus scan to make sure you have not "caught" anything.

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    Re: Document scraps (MS Word 2000 9.0.2720)

    <img src=/S/fanfare.gif border=0 alt=fanfare width=31 height=23> to you! <img src=/S/joy.gif border=0 alt=joy width=23 height=23> That entry worked and I have the ability to open my scraps again! <img src=/S/bananas.gif border=0 alt=bananas width=33 height=35> and <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15>

    For the second concern, I am running the virus scan as you suggested. Something altered the entry because the scraps were trying to open in notepad. My virus checker is a Computer Associate's eTrust product that our cable company provides as a perk for being a customer. Computer Associates recently updated their virus application because of a concern so maybe this occurred before the update? I'll do a full scan. I did try opening the registry from the "run command box" and it did open without an error so maybe the change to the scrap problem is a fluke. Anyway, I'll see if the virus check finds anything! Thanks again for your help! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Document scraps (MS Word 2000 9.0.2720)

    Thought I'd add this last post! I ran the virus scan and it didn't turn up anything so I guess it was just a fluke. Thanks to your post, I have my "scraps" fixed and working! I just hope it stays that way! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>

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