.SHG File Extension

A .SHG file is a Segmented Hyper-Graphic, created by Microsoft.

Open with Microsoft WinHelp. Available for Windows.

What is a .SHG file?

The file extension .SHG stands for Segmented Hyper-Graphic. It is a type of bitmap image file specifically used by Microsoft WinHelp, which is a help system used by Windows operating systems. The unique feature of an .SHG file is that it contains "hotspots," which are specific areas within the image that are interactive. When you click on these hotspots, you are directed to different help topics related to the area clicked. This functionality is somewhat similar to how image maps work on websites, where different parts of an image can be linked to different web pages.

The .SHG files are particularly useful in creating interactive help documents where users can easily navigate to the information they need by simply clicking on relevant parts of the image. For example, in a help document for software, an image of the software's interface might include hotspots over the buttons and tools, allowing a user to click on them to read more about their functions.

To open an .SHG file, you would typically use Microsoft WinHelp, which is the program designed to handle this type of file. Microsoft WinHelp provides the necessary tools to view and interact with the hotspots defined in the .SHG file.


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