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Unzipping Password Protected Files on Mac Computers

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Unzipping Password Protected Files on Mac Computers

When you download a zipped file on a Mac, it automatically unzips the file for you–with one exception. Some zipped files may be password-protected.  You need to follow a very different process to unzip these files. (Anything you download from the Gotta Pixel store will not be password-protected.) This tutorial will show you how to unzip password protected files on Mac computers.

Step 1 – Launch the Terminal Utility

Click on your Launchpad icon (the rocket) that is located on your dock. Click on the Utilities menu, then click on Terminal. This will open an old-fashioned-looking terminal box.

Terminal Utility Icon

Terminal Utility Icon

Step 2 – Change Your Directory

Type “cd Downloads” and enter to change to the Downloads directory. You could change to any directory, but using Downloads is consistent with the usual download process and then you will always know where to find your unzipped files.

Step 3 – Unzip Your File

Type “unzip FILENAME.ZIP” and enter. In place of FILENAME use the actual name of your file. After you push enter, you will see the terminal scrolling with the unzipped files being placed into your Downloads directory.

Step 4 – Move Your Files

Your unzipped files will be in your Downloads folder ready to be moved to their final location. You can quit the Terminal utility by right-clicking on the Terminal icon in your dock and choosing “Quit”.

If you have any questions about this tutorial or would like to request a tutorial, please visit and post to the Tutorial Help & Request Forum.

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