ZIPPED files, as the name suggests, are compressed or 'zipped' files. This type of file format saves storage on your device and makes the process of sending and receiving digital files faster. Suppose you are dealing with a file that is too large to attach to an email or to upload to a shared drive. In that case, zipping it is a great way to make it more manageable. Additionally, the ZIPPED file format is a handy way to store multiple files or folders together in one easily accessible package. Let's delve into some of the formats associated with ZIPPED files and different ways to open them.
ZIP files can contain one or more files or directories that may have been compressed. The most common type is the .zip format, but several other zipped formats are also prevalent, such as .gzip, .tar.gz, .tgz, and .zipx. Each format uses different methods to compress data, and hence, are used for different applications. The Wikipedia page on ZIP files offers a detailed insight into these zipped file formats.
Opening a ZIP file is relatively easy, and there are several methods to do so, depending on the device you are using. Various tools and software can handle zipped files, including WinZip, 7-Zip, WinRAR, and PeaZip. More details about these tools can be found on the respective websites:
On the other hand, if you are using a Windows or Mac operating system, you won't require any of these tools as both the OS have built-in features to open compressed files.
Unzipping files or folders means extracting the files from the compressed form. For instance, in Windows, all you have to do is right-click on the file or folder you want to unzip and click on the 'Extract All' option. Once the extraction process is complete, all the files or folders will be accessible to you. Unzipping files in Mac is even simpler; you can double-click the zipped file, and it will automatically extract the files into the same folder.
Creating a zipped file is as straightforward as opening one. On Windows, select the file(s) or folder(s) you want to compress, right-click, and select 'Send to'> 'Compressed (zipped) folder.' On Mac, right-click on the file(s) or folder(s), and select 'Compress Items'. For more information on creating zipped files, visit the Microsoft support page.
While the ZIPPED file format is incredibly handy, it is also crucial to understand some key information about handling these compressed files. Firstly, take care while downloading zipped files from an unknown source as they might contain malicious programs. Secondly, avoid modifying zipped files directly; always uncompress them before making any changes. Lastly, remember that zipped files are read-only, meaning you cannot directly write and save into them without unpacking.
If you downloaded a ZIPPED file on Android device you can open it by following steps below:
To open ZIPPED File on iOS device follow steps below:
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