What is a zip File & How to Use it?

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A Zip file, also known as a zip archive, is used for the distribution of files on the internet.  

You will encounter zip files often when purchasing digital graphics and files as they are the design industry standard used to keep collections of multiple graphic images and collections of digital files together while also compressing large digital files for a smaller, faster download transfer. This also helps to avoid losing data in the transmission process.

UNZIPPING ON A DESKTOP

The extraction of a .zip format file is simple as a windows PC has the ability to unzip compressed files without any additional software!  

  1. Click to Download the zip file -it will either automatically download to your downloads folder or prompt you to choose a folder location.  
  2. Once your file finishes downloading, find it in the stored location.
  3. The file will look like a zipper
  4. Right-click and choose extract to folder -it will create a new open folder.  
  5. Send your zipped file to the recycle bin and use the files from your newly extracted open folder.

The Mac operating system also enables you to open a zip file without any additional software. simply double-click on the zip archive to extract it automatically.

UNZIPPING ON A MOBILE DEVICE

IPAD + iOS 11+ Supports Zip Files in the native files app! 

If you have an older iOS version number, you will need to find an app that works on your iPad, like this one.

  1. Click the download link and choose a location to download your file.
  2. You'll be prompted to choose a location to download to.
  3. Go to your file location in the Files app, tap the zip to open it
  4. Tap "preview content" to see the contents of the zip file.

Android OS 

To open Zip files on an android device, head to the play store and download the files app from google.  -this is also just a handy app to have to clean up your downloaded files and clear up space!

  1. Click the download link and choose a location to download your file.
  2. You'll be prompted to choose a location to download to.
  3. Go to your file location in the Files app, tap the zip to open it
  4. A pop-up appears to show the content of that zipped file.
  5. Tap Extract!
  6. You will be shown a preview of the extracted files, now select the delete ZIP file checkbox to make sure you don't store duplicate files, taking up unnecessary space on your device.
  7. Now you can access your unzipped files!

Do I need the WinZip or other third-party software such as 7-zip to use your files on A PC?

For the PC, needing it to unzip is a thing of the past! 

 A misconception about the Zip File of today is that you need to purchase or download the trial of the WinZip software to open them.  This is not true!  

Long ago, WinZip used to have to be purchased, but this extraction method is now universal and included on your windows PC.   WinZip, great software, but the only reason you would need to purchase WinZip is if you needed some of the other functionality of the software as there are many included compression and encryption options with the extended version or the APP version for your mobile device.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON"T UNZIP A FILE?

Your files will not work properly! :)

The purpose of a zip file is to compress data and transport the graphic files. Oftentimes, the result of not uncompressing is garbled files. 

By that, I mean PNG files that load with a black background or SVG files that load all junky in Cricut design space or silhouette studio.  If you are having trouble with your files, that is the first thing I will ask when I am trouble-shooting your downloads!

Over the last 16 years of selling digital files online any question about files not behaving, 99% of the time the solution has to do with not unzipping!


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