How to Unzip a File

Zipped files are compressed, saving space. This makes downloading files from the Internet faster. Most zipped files end with the .zip extension. These files must be “unzipped” before they can be used.

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On Microsoft Windows XP and Vista, unzip support is built-in.

  1. Double-click the zipped file to open it up.

  1. In the window that opens, click Extract all files.

The Extraction Wizard opens.

  1. Click Next to continue.
  2. In the Select a Destination panel, select the location where you want the folder to be placed (by default this will be in a subfolder of the folder the .zip file is in), for example, the Desktop. Click Next to extract the files.

  1. In the Extraction Complete panel, select Show extracted files. Check Finish. The unzipped files appear in a new window.

  1. The files contained within the Zip file will be unzipped into the folder you specified.

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WinZip is a program developed by WinZip Computing LLC to handle ZIP files and other compression formats.

  1. Double click on the file icon.

Click Agree, this is the WinZip window, and the box will appear asking if you understand the terms and conditions (this window shows if you have a Trial or Evaluation/Unregistered version of WinZip. If your version has been registered, then this window will no longer pop up).

  1. Select all of the files you want extracted to a normal file. Press the Extract button at the top.

  1. Another window will appear. Choose the folder you want to put the files in (for example the Desktop), and press Extract.

  1. Go to that folder and you will see that the files have been extracted.

Click here for more information about the use of WinZip.

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