Part Three ZIP Files: ZIP/UnZIP Basics
If you're doing business on the Internet, sooner or later
you will encounter a ZIP file. A ZIP file is simply an "archive" of one or
more files compressed into one file for easy distribution.
ZIP files are used to compress and transport file archives over the Internet.
It is the preferred method used for electronic file distribution, as rather
than downloading several different files, you can simply download one ZIP
file. In addition, the download time will be minimized, as the files within
the ZIP archive are compressed.
Once a ZIP file is downloaded, it can be easily opened and extracted (unzipped)
with a ZIP/UnZIP software program.
Although there are many ZIP software programs available on the Internet,
Win Zip is the most popular. Win Zip makes working with file archives simple.
It features an easy point-and-click, drag-and-drop interface for viewing,
extracting, adding, deleting and testing archived files.
You can download a fully functional evaluation version here:
Extracting ZIP Files
Extracting a ZIP file with Win Zip can be accomplished
in a number of ways. Here are a few methods to get you started:
Right Click - To extract your files using the right click method,
locate the file you would like to extract, click once on the file to highlight
and then place your mouse pointer over the file. Right click on your mouse
to launch the menu. Go to 'Win Zip' - '"Extract to Here." The files will
Win Zip Wizard - To extract your files with the wizard, locate the file
you would like to extract and double click the file. This will load your
file within Win Zip. Click on the "Wizard" button located at the top of your
screen to use the wizard. Follow the step by step instructions.
Win Zip Interface - To extract your files within Win Zip, your first
step will be to open the Win Zip program. Once opened, click on the "Open"
button at the top of your screen to locate and open your ZIP file. Once your
file is open, click on the "Extract" button at the top of your screen and
select the folder in which you'd like to place your files.
Creating ZIP Files
Creating a ZIP file with Win Zip can be accomplished
in a number of ways. Here are a few methods to get you started.
Right Click - To create a ZIP file using the right click method, locate
the file or folder you would like to place within your ZIP file and place
your mouse pointer over the file. Right click on your mouse to launch the
menu. Select "Add to ZIP" to launch the Win Zip program. Click on "New" to
create a new ZIP file, or on "Open" to add the file to an existing ZIP
Win Zip Wizard - To create a ZIP file with the wizard, your first
step will be to load the Win Zip program. Once loaded, click on the "Wizard"
button located at the top of your screen to use the wizard. Follow the step
by step instructions to create your ZIP file.
Win Zip Interface - To create a ZIP file using Win Zip, your first
step will be to open the Win Zip program. Once opened, click on the "New"
button at the top of your screen to launch the "New Archive" window. Select
the folder in which you'd like to place your ZIP file, type in a name for
your file and click on the "OK" button. Your new ZIP file has been created.
You can now add files by clicking on the "Add" button at the top of the
Although there are other methods you can use when working with Win Zip, the
above methods will provide you with a basic guideline.
ZIP files provide Internet users with the ability to easily compress and
transfer files in an organized fashion. Use them to your fullest
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