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What is a Zip File?

Files are 'zipped' to reduce their size and make them easier to store on a disk or send over the Internet. As an example, a graphic file that is 2 Meg in size can be zipped and result in a reduction of size from 10% to 90%. Typically, a zipped file name looks something like:

file_name.zip

Download WinZipOften, you will have a ZIP utility such as WinZip already installed on your computer (and don't know it). You will discover this when you try to open a ZIPped file. If WinZip is resident on your PC, it will automatically launch when you double-click on any ZIPped file.

If you do NOT have WinZip or another un-zipping utility on your PC, you receive a Windows message that asks you what program you want to use to open the ZIPped file (see Open With... below)

Close this message window. Connect to the Internet and proceed to download WinZip.

 

Installation
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Download the zip utility by clicking on the appropriate link at WinZip and save it to your Download or a Temp directory. After you download WinZip, you will need to install it on your computer.
To install WinZip, do the following:
  1. Right click on the Start button on your toolbar and select Explorer. Locate the file you just downloaded (i.e. winzip80.exe).
  2. Install the program by double clicking on the self-extracting file (i.e. winzip80.exe). 
  3. WinZip will unzip itself automatically and install files as required. 

That's all there is to it. After you have downloaded and installed WinZip, you can open any ZIPped file by double-clicking on it.

Note: WinZip is continually improving their software and offering upgrades to registered users. Their latest version permits you to download and open archives from the Internet with one click via Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator. There is no need to “Save to disk” and then switch to WinZip or to the Windows Explorer or File Manager to open the downloaded file.

A Windows message asks you what program you want to use to open the ZIPped file

If you have a question about these procedures, feel free to send us an email.

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