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What is the .SHB File Extension?

.SHB File Extension Description:

The file with the .shb file extension is described as a Windows Shortcut and it is an executable file. It also has the general term of Shell Scrap object, or simply Scrap Object. The .shb file extension can be a shortcut to any document stored in your computer, and the Shell Scrap Object Handler of Windows, which has the filename of shscrap.dll, executes it.

Icons can be designated to a specific file with the .shb file extension, and this depends on the user's preference. SHB files help users to be able to open or find a document faster, instead of browsing to every directory and folder stored in the computer. The SHB files are also referred to as a scrap file types, and they are planned to point to an object that is embedded in a document.

The .shb file extension does not show even if the File Type option "Hide extensions for known file types" is not checked; this is because it is controlled by the option NeverShowExt, which literally means that the file extension cannot be shown and this option is found in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT / DocShortcut.

The SHB file extension is also used for Object Linking and Embedding (OLE), where in any document can be added even an executable file that is embedded in a Word document. When the .shb file extension is double-clicked, the system will automatically open the file. The default icon designated to the .shb file extension looks like a paper where in its bottom part is ripped. The SHB files are technically a shell script that is enveloped around an object, and the file extension .shb is added to the document.

One of the best uses of the SHB file extension is that a user can open two applications at the same time; for example, when a spreadsheet is included in a Word document, Microsoft Excel is opened on the background in order for the user to edit or manipulate the spreadsheet in the document.

Author: Microsoft Corporation
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Related Applications: Shell Scrap Object Handler
Common Path: User-defined


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What Causes .SHB files Errors?

.SHB files errors are potential critical Windows file errors and may be caused due to a broken registry entry that you should fix right away to protect against further failure in other software and/or devices. Risks include hardware damage, blue screen errors and fatal crashes.

What are the Symptoms of .SHB files Errors?

Typical symptoms with .SHB files errors include poor computer performance, long software start up times, problems opening documents, extended pauses in application procedures, programs ends without showing an error message, screen freezes and applications lock up.

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