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Cannot copy/paste-Get Scrap.shs file

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I've been using the copy/paste functions for years with no problems. All of I sudden, for reasons un-be- knownst to me, when for example, I highlight a file and then copy and then paste into a folder; I get a file titled "Scrap" with a small yellow symbol. It's not the familiar W symbol. When I open the Scrap file, I get a pop-up that says "Scrap.shs:file format is not valid". Please help.
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by:Ardhendu Sarangi
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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.
Here's some more info about scrap files.
WD: What Is a Scrap (.shs) File? http://support.microsoft.com/kb/q138275/
Scrap File - http://www.pc-help.org/security/scrap.htm
I am not sure how it used to work earlier for you, but scrap file will get created if you drag and drop from Word or Excel.
 You can view the file by opening them in Word itself.
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by:frankoravec
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As indicated in my question, I highlight what I want to copy, click copy and then click into the folder that I want to paste, and then click paste. I didn't mention anything about drag and drop, although I have used it - where convenient.
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by:frankoravec
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Because no solution to my question has been forthcoming, I intend to close the question in the very near future. Thanks for you participation pari123.
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by:Ardhendu Sarangi
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If you are still having the problem, can you please provide some more info on the error?
1. What file are u trying to drag into the folder?
2. Can you attach the scrap.shs file here?
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1. From my question "I highlight a file and then copy and then paste into a folder; I get a file titled "Scrap" with a small yellow symbol."
From my previous comment "I didn't mention anything about drag and drop" in this aprticular case.
2. The file won't attach. I can't copy/paste either.
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