Windows Explorer Shell Command Files are a feature added to Windows with Internet Explorer 4 (95 / NT 4). They were used in the now-defunct Quick Launch bar to show the desktop, open IE4's Channels feature and open Windows Explorer(?). These files have not been created by Windows since XP. For some reason, they behave like shortcuts in the shell; they can't be opened in programs using the built-in Windows open dialog's GUI - only by typing in the full file path.
I have been puzzled by
.scf files for some time. Despite being built in to every version of Windows since Windows 95 (although heavily nerfed in later versions) there is no documentation of it on the Microsoft website, except that you can get your "Show Desktop" button back by copying and pasting if you accidentally delete it. They appear to be based on the
.ini configuration file format, but that's not very useful.
Does any documentation on Windows Explorer Shell Command Files exist?
.scfformat has not been similarly retained...