How do I open a compressed or zipped file?

Windows and Mac both have built in compressed file extractors.


  1. Double click file. 
  2. A new folder will be created with the decompressed file(s) in it.


  1. Right-click on the Zip file and choose "Extract All".
  2. Choose a location for the folder to be extracted into.
  3. If you checked "Show extracted files when complete", the files or folders within the Zip folder appear. If you unchecked the box, a folder or file with the same name (without the Zip) should appear. This folder will be your working copy of the data from the Zip file. 
  4. You may keep the Zip file or delete it.

You can also use a third party program like the following file program.

7-zip Free Download

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