My computer savy brother in law has given me a disc with photo's on it so I can get some family photos printed out for me to keep. But when I got to the photo shop and put the disc in I could not see the photos at all. When I was at home I browsed through them and wrote down which ones I wanted. I was very annoyed when I had just driven half hour to get to the photo shop and could get to see them at all. When I got home I rang him and he said they had been compressed into a zip file...Yeah like I know what that is? Anyway how do I get these files out of the zip file he has on the disc and why couldn't I see them at the photo shop? They showed up on my computer.
The best way to unzip a compressed file is to use a file compression program. There are a few out there but 7zip is a free program to try. 7 zip will unzip almost anything including rar files, zip files, and more..You can search for 7zip in google and download it, install it, then extract your files to your computer. Just save the photos to a place on your computer where you will remember where they are..You can also find more info on 7zip in the freeware section of Tips4pc.comHope this helps
though that may be the best way to get files out of a zip file, it is not the easiest solution by far.I would agree and say that getting a decompression application such as 7-Zip is a good idea for future usage (planning ahead) as you may come across other files that are compressed using other methods.but for the normal everyday user, the easiest way to "Unzip" files, if they are truly in a ZIP format, is to simply right click and select the option that says "Extract all"this will pop up a dialog box asking you where you would like to put these files, My pictures is usually a good place, unless you have somewhere else you keep all your picsCheers!
Thanks for your answers. The file ended up being a RAR file which really stumped me..And the brother in law justed mentioned that it was zipped up. I had no idea that there was different types of zipped files. I think he just did this on purpose to annoy me… 🙂
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