A scrap is a file that is created when you drag part of a document to the
In Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, 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. 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 is also deleted. You can select and drag
a scrap file on the desktop into another document.
NOTE: The scrap file 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
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
Putting Part of a Document on the Desktop
To put part of a document on the desktop, follow these steps:
- Make sure that Word is not maximized (click the middle button in the
- In the document, select the text or graphic that you want to copy.
- Drag it to the desktop. A scrap is created. You can now drag this scrap
to other documents or programs.
NOTE: You can use this feature only if your program supports drag-and-drop
functions for OLE.