Type of SHP Shape file.
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Each shape file contains objects of only one type. Some of the more popular types are polylines (2d and 3d), polygons (2d and 3d), and points (2d and 3d).
You can find out what sort of file you have opened by clicking on the properties icon as shown below:
And if you'd opened a points file you'd see something like this:
Polygon files (the first dialog) contain closed polygons (good for buildings and area), the one below shows open polylines (good for for rivers and roads).