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What is a CSH File?


Question: What is a CSH File?

Did you find a CSH file on your computer and wonder what program should open it? Maybe someone emailed you a CSH file but you're not sure how to use it. Perhaps you tried to open the CSH file but Windows told you that it could not open it.

Before you can open a CSH file (assuming it's even a file format that's intended to be viewed or edited), you'll need to determine what kind of file the .CSH file extension refers to.

Answer: A file with the CSH file extension is an Adobe Photoshop Custom Shapes file.

Other types of files may also use the CSH file extension. If you know of any additional file formats that use the .CSH extension, please let me know so I can update this information.

How To Open a CSH File

The easiest way to open a CSH file is to double-click on it and let your PC decide which default application should open the file. If no program opens the CSH file then you probably don't have an application installed that can view and/or edit CSH files.

Warning: Take great care when opening executable file formats received via email or downloaded from websites you're not familiar with. See my List of Executable File Extensions for a listing of file extensions to avoid and why.

CSH files can be opened with Adobe Photoshop.

If double-clicking doesn't open a CSH file in Photoshop, open the Edit > Presets > Preset Manager... menu item. Choose Custom Shapes as the Preset Type and then click Load... to select the CSH file.

If you know anything else useful about CSH files, please let me know so I can update this page.

Tip: Use Notepad or another text editor to open the CSH file. Many files are text-only files meaning no matter the file extension, a text editor may be able to properly display the file's contents. This may or may not be the case with CSH files but it's worth a try.

If you find that an application on your PC does try to open the CSH file but it's the wrong application or if you would rather have another installed program open CSH files, see my How To Change the Default Program for a Specific File Extension guide for making that change in Windows.

How To Convert a CSH File

There are two main ways to attempt to convert a CSH file to another file type:

The first option involving opening the CSH file in its native program is preferable because it's both easier and will probably result in a more accurate file conversion. Of course if you don't have a program that opens CSH files, a third-party file conversion tool (the second option) could be very useful.

Important: You cannot usually change a file extension (like the CSH file extension) to one that your computer recognizes and expect the newly renamed file to be usable. An actual file format conversion using one of the methods described above must take place in most cases.

Still Having Problems Opening or Using a CSH File?

See Get More Help for information about contacting me on social networks or via email, posting on tech support forums, and more. Let me know what kinds of problems you're having with opening or using the CSH file and I'll see what I can do to help.

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