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How do I open a .zip file on a Windows PC or an Apple Mac

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Compressed (.zip) files make transferring information across the Internet quicker and easier than with their full-size counterparts. Opening a .zip file is easy once you know the process, but if you do not, you can be left with a useless file. Following these simple steps will get you viewing and using those .zip files with just a couple of clicks.
 
Opening a .zip File on a Windows PC
Navigate to the location your file is stored. If you downloaded the file, it will most likely be in your Downloads folder. Once you have located the file, right-click on it and select “Extract All” from the menu. A dialog box will open up to allow you to specify where you want your files extracted to. If you do not specify a location, the files will be extracted in the same folder the original .zip file is located.
 
In that same dialog box, if you leave the option “Show extracted files when complete” checked, a new window will open that contains the files when you click “Extract.” From there, you can use, view or alter the files just like other Windows files.
 
Opening a .zip File on an Apple Mac
Locate your .zip file and double-click it to begin the extraction process. The extracted files will be located in the same directory as the original file. If double-clicking does not work, secondary click (by pressing CTRL + click or by two-finger clicking on the mouse pad, depending on your configuration) on the .zip file, select “Get Info,” and then “Open With.” Select “ArchiveUtility.app” and your file will be extracted. In that same screen, you can select “change all” to set all .zip files to open with Archive Utility in the future. This will allow you to open future .zip files by double-clicking.
 
Opening .zip files on a Windows PC or an Apple Mac is a simple process that allows you to view, use and edit files in just a couple of clicks. Since many files downloaded on the Internet come in .zip format, knowing how to open these files can help you make the most of your file sharing experience.