What Are Zip Files And How Do I Use Them?

Posted by: Jennifer Cefai (3 years, 2 months ago)

When a file has been “zipped”, this means that it has been put into an archive and compressed, making it smaller. It is possible to compress many files into the same archive at once, making it easy to store and transfer the files all at once. These archives can be easily recognised because they often carry the extension “.zip”.

Depending on the type of file being placed into the archive, zip files can be compressed down to tiny fractions of their original size. This allows the files to be easily downloaded, transferred to email, or stored even on the smallest storage devices.

These files can be very useful, but how exactly do we use them?

Creating a Zip File Archive

Identify the file or group of files that you would like to zip, and select them by holding down the “Ctrl” key on your keyboard and clicking on each file. When you have selected all the files you would like to compress, right-click your selection with your mouse and choose the “Send to” option from the menu which appears. To create your zipped file, select the option “Compressed (zipped) folder”, then rename your file as you see fit.

Your files have now been compressed and archived and are ready to be stored or transferred as you prefer.

Opening a Zip File Archive

If you have recently downloaded a zip file archive and are unsure of how to open it, this is also a very simple process. Select the zip file which you would like to open by right-clicking on it with your mouse. Select the “Extract All” option, and after that, click on “Browse” in the window which appears. Select the location on your computer where you would like your unzipped files to appear. Once you have selected your file location, simply click “Extract”, and the files will appear on your screen. 

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