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Unzipping Files on your PC

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Unzipping Files on your PC

Most files that you download from the internet will be in a .zip format.  A zip file may contain one or more files or folders that may have been compressed.  This allows us to take a really large file and make it a little smaller so that it’s faster to download.  This tutorial will walk you through unzipping files on your PC.

Step 1 – Find your Zip File

On Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, unzip support is built-in.  When you see a zip file you are going to see a file that looks like this.

How to Unzip a file

Step 2 – Extract/Unzip the File

After you have downloaded a .zip file, right click on the .zip file and choose “Extract All”.

How to Unzip a file

Windows will ask you where you would like to extract the file to.  I highly recommend allowing it to create a new folder when you extract so that you do not end up unzipping a large .zip file in an existing folder on your hard drive and than not easily being able to figure out which file came from where.  Click EXTRACT.

How to Unzip a file

When the extraction is finished, if you left the “Show extracted files when complete” a new window will open that shows you the contents of your zip file.  If you did not check mark this, a new folder should now show up that was created when you extracted your zip file.  Double click on the folder and you will be able to see the contents of your zip file.

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