Extract files from a .zip file

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.

To extract files from a .zip file in Windows

  1. Right-click the .zip file, and then click Extract All to start the Extract Compressed (Zipped) Folders wizard.
  2. If you want to extract the contents of the .zip file to another location, click Browse, navigate to the location where you would like the extracted contents to appear, and then click Select Folder.
  3. If you want to see the contents of the extracted .zip file after completing the wizard, make sure the Show extracted files when complete check box is selected.
  4. Click Extract.
  5. If the .zip file is password-protected, in the Password box, type the password, and then click OK.
  6. Click Finish.

To extract files from a .zip file in masOS

  1. Double-click the .zip file.
  2. If the .zip file is password-protected, in the Password box, type the password, and then click OK.

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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