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What is a zip file and how do I open a zip file?

ZIP is a popular archive format. ZIP files are data containers that store files in compressed form. They are used to keep related information together, and to make sending large files or groups of files easier. After downloading a ZIP file, it can be unpacked by double clicking on it.

Since ZIP files are compressed it is common to ZIP a collection of files before sending them over email. ZIP files are great for email for two reasons, first you can consolidate multiple files into one ZIP file and second the result is a compressed ZIP file that is much smaller than your original files. Since most email providers have size limits for sending files over email it is critical to ZIP files before you email. Some file compression and decompression tools for Microsoft Windows are implemented with support for creating and decompressing these ZIP files. Linux and Mac platforms also have software that can be used to create, decompress and access the content of these ZIP files.

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Launch a .zip file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, an application such as WinZip will open your .zip file. It's possible you may need to download or purchase WinZip or another application. It's also possible that you have the correct software, such as WinZip installed on your PC, but .zip files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .zip file, you can instruct Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a .zip file will open the correct application.

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WinZip software is recommended for opening and creating zip files. WinZip extracts content from 25+ files types, including Zip, Zipx, RAR, 7Z, TAR, GZIP and more. It also offers 128 and 256-bit AES encryption, PDF conversion, image resizing and file splitting for large archives. WinZip supports multiple sharing options, including email, social media and cloud services.
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WinZip software is recommended for opening and creating zip files on a Mac. WinZip extracts content from major compression formats, including Zip, Zipx, RAR, LHA, 7Z, JAR, WAR and more. It also offers 128 and 256-bit AES encryption, eases file sharing between Mac and PC users, and makes packaging and sharing files more efficient.
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Detail zip file extension information:
File Type: zip
File Format: Zipped File
Primary Association: Compressed Files
Mime Type: application/octet-stream, application/x-compress, application/x-compressed, application/x-zip, application/x-zip-compressed, application/zip, multipart/x-zip