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How To Open ZIP Files

ZIP is an archive file format that supports lossless data compression. A ZIP file may contain one or more files or folders that have been compressed, and is the most common method of archiving files to send or distribute electronically. It will bear the filename extension .zip.

Opening or extracting a ZIP file is simple. 7-Zip is free open-source software, and is the best option to open nearly any archived or compressed file.


  • 1

    Download and install 7-Zip.

  • 2

    Download or save the .zip file you wish to open. Right click on the .zip file’s icon.

  • 3

    Select 7-Zip > Open Archive, or 7-Zip > Extract Files.


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