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How to open a ZIP file?

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Hi Everyone! Welcome to another tutorial. In today’s post, I will be explaining what a ZIP file is and how to open a zip file. Let’s began!

How-To-Open-A-Zip-FileWhat is a ZIP File?

What is a ZiP file used for? A ZIP file is a digital folder containing multiple documents or images that have been compressed down into a single zipped folder to easily share with others. Using a ZIP file makes emailing or downloading files faster and more efficient for both users. 

Majority of my digital downloads are compressed down into a ZIP file due to the space limitation provided by Etsy and it’s better than sending multiples files to a customer. 

How to download a ZIP file?

As an Etsy seller, one of the common questions I get from my buyers is how do I download a ZIP folder. I decided to create this short tutorial to help anyone who has never come across opening a ZIP folder. Please keep in mind you will be able to open the file with any operating system on a computer. If you tried opening a ZIP folder from your mobile device or tablet you will need a third party app to open the file. 

Here are the instructions for laptop or desktop computer:

Windows 7 and 10
– Right-click on the Zip file and choose “Extract All”
– Choose a location for the folder to be extracted into
– Keep the “Show extracted files when complete”, unchecked
– Click on the “Extract” button to start the extraction
– This folder is now your working copy of the Zip file
– You may delete or keep the ZIP file

Windows XP and Vista
– Double click on the zip folder
– In the window that opens, click on the “Extract all Files” link
– The “Extraction Wizard” will open, click “Next”
– Choose a destination for your unzipped folder
– Click “Finish” to complete the download
– This folder is now your working copy of the Zip file
– You may delete it or keep the ZIP file

– Double click on the zip file
– Done

Here are the instructions for mobile device or tablets:

You’ll need to download a third party app in order to open any zip file. 


I hope this tutorial comes in handy the next time you need to open a ZIP file. Please make sure to subscribe to my blog for additional tutorials!

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  1. Mark says:

    Nice, simple and clear.

  2. Aonani says:

    oh this is nice post
    your sharing is great.. thank you

  3. jasimsaab says:

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  4. John Adams says:

    Hi! Nancy Thanks For Sharing these Amazing guide…
    you are doing a great job please keep sharing…

  5. Sadhan Pal says:

    Hi Nancy,

    Nice article on how to open a zip file. Actually, common users who don’t know about zip files, can not open easily. Your post will help them so much.
    Best wishes for your next article.


  6. akshay says:

    Your good knowledge and kindness in playing with all the pieces were very useful.

  7. Deepak says:

    I love reading this article .Looking forward to some new posts .

  8. Dewald Swart says:

    Its true, there are many pc users who dont even know what a zip file is. Technology is there to make our lives easier and yet it confuses most of us.

  9. Dear Nancy Badillo,
    It is a nice article and I enjoyed it a lot, keep up the good work and share articles daily like this on this blog.

  10. Enstine Muki says:

    Hi Nancy,
    I have used ZIP files and Zip apps for years now. However, thanks for this brief note that will go long way to help newbies

  11. Maggie Lauh says:

    I only used ZIP in PC, now I am going to try use ZIP apps in mobile after reading this post, thank you, Nancy.

  12. Beyonce says:

    Wow. I assumed I can only zip with PC alone. Thanks for this great insight

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