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This short guide will show you how to open files that are in a zipped format. Zip is a format that compresses large files allowing them to be sent more conveniently over the Internet. Files that are "zipped" will end with the .zip extension. When you open a zipped file or "unzip" it, you will often find out that multiple files have been compressed into a single zip file. An example of this would be if I wanted to send a large number of Word documents to someone and I compressed all of the documents into a single zip file. The person that I sent the single zip file to would be able to open that single file to reveal the multiple Word documents that I placed in the single zipped file.

1.) Here is an example of a zipped file available for download from a website.
2.) Place your cursor over the zip file and right click on your mouse to reveal a menu of options. Select "Save Target As..."

3.) The "Save As" box will appear. You should select where you would like to save the file by using the drop-down menu. Once you have done this, press the "Save" button to save the zip file to the selected location.


4.) Once the file has downloaded to your computer, you will see the "Download complete" box. Press the "Open" button at the bottom of the box to open up the zip file.The next step is to open up the individual files that have been placed in the zip file.




5.) You will see the PKZIP for Windows window appear with the list of files contained within the zip file. Select one of the files by single clicking on it with your mouse. Go up to the menu and select "Extract" and choose "Open" by clicking on it.
6.) This will open the file that you selected. In my example, the file is a Position Description form. You should save the file to your computer.
If you happen to get an error message when you attempt to download the zip file then you should report the problem to your local IT staff. Chances are that you don't have the PKZIP program loaded on your computer and they can remedy this problem fairly easily.

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