So you just received a weird looking file with a zipper looking thing on it. How does it work? What do you do with it?
A ZIP file is basically a combination of one or more files compressed into a single file to reduce the size and make for easy transfer via email attachment, or as an embedded link on a site or document. So what all that means, they are files digitally squished together to make for easy transfer from one place to the other.
So, for example, you bought a logo or marketing template from the shop, well instead of sending you each individual files one by one which could take awhile depending on how many files are involved with the purchase, I’ve compressed all the associated file types and documents into one neat little folder.
How do you open it?
The easiest way to open a ZIP file is to double-click on it and let your computer run its default program to show you the folders and files contained inside the file. Most operating systems like MAC and Windows have a built-in software to open zip files so no additional software download is needed. But just in case your computer does not have a built it software, there are several free programs you can download that will help with unzipping the files. And if you don’t want to download anything, there are also online websites that can help with this as well. You simply upload the file to the site and download the individual files from there.
Since I have a MAC computer, I’ll show you a screenshot of my folder and how I unzip the file. I promise its super simple 🙂
– First, locate your zipped file, mine here is called NEW LOGO.ZIP and its in my downloads folder
– Then double click and let the computer do its thing or….
– You can right-click on the zipped file
– Then select Open With, this will bring up the Archive Utility (MAC)
– Select that and the program will unzip the file.
Once the program has run its course, the zipped file is now visible.
It will usually unzip to the same location as the zipped file and in most cases, will have the same name.
You can choose to save it somewhere else and rename it if you’d prefer that option.
It’s basically the same process with different wording
– Locate the zipped folder
– Right-click on the zipped folder
– Then select Extract All from the content menu.
And as with the MAC computer, the compressed files will extract in the same location as the zipped file. You can choose to save it in a different location if you prefer.
And that’s it!
Easy right 🙂