A .zip file is a standard file format for compressing one or more files or folders into a single file. The .zip format is compressed, but the compression applied is lossless, so unzipping the file restores all of the compressed content. A .zip file usually gives some file size savings, and gives the creator an easier means of distributing or uploading to a website. On a Windows computer, a .zip file is called a compressed (zipped) folder. On a Mac, a .zip file is called an archive.
Because .zip files are intended to be used as an archival format, you need to extract the contents of the .zip file to work with the folders and files stored inside.
A folder with the same name as the .zip file will appear in the same directory as the .zip file. Once you confirm the files extracted properly, you can delete the .zip file.
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