How to Open a .Zip File Without Winzip

Three Methods:Using Built-In Archive Software (Easy Method)Using Other SoftwareUsing Windows Explorer for MP3 Files

A .zip file contains one or multiple files that have been compressed into a single file called an Archive. An archive needs to be opened with compression software before the files inside can be accessed. Windows, OS X, and Linux all come with ZIP compression built-in to the operating system, or you can use third-party programs to access them. Follow this guide to learn how.

Method 1
Using Built-In Archive Software (Easy Method)

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    Double-click the ZIP file. In Windows XP or newer, Mac OS X, and Ubuntu Linux[1], you can double-click the ZIP file and it will open in a new window. You can then copy the contents to another folder.
    • OS X will create a new folder next to the ZIP file when you double-click it, but may not open it automatically.[2]
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    Right-click the ZIP file. In Windows and Linux, you can right-click the Zip file and select “Extract All…” or “Extract Here”. Extract All will allow you to set a path for the extracted folder to go, and Extract Here will uncompress the folder and leave it in the same location as the ZIP file.

Method 2
Using Other Software

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    Download compression software. Because the ZIP format is open, almost any compression software will be able to unzip and zip archives. There are a variety of free and paid software available. Some of the more popular free options include:
    • 7Zip
    • PeaZip
    • TUGZip
    • 7zX (Mac OS X)
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    Open the ZIP file with the software. Once you have installed your new compression software, right-click (Command-click on Mac) the ZIP file and select “Open With…”. Find your compression software in the list of programs and use it to open the file.
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    Extract the contents. Once you have opened the ZIP file, you will be able to extract it to a new folder or copy specific files to other locations on your computer.

Method 3
Using Windows Explorer for MP3 Files

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    Right click the downloaded .zip file
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    Select "Open containing folder"
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    Right click on the high-lighted ZIP file and select "Open With" > "Windows Explorer"
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    Select downloaded MP3 files and drag to My Music

Tips

  • Certain compressed file types such as .7z or .tar files will require specialized software to open, e.g. 7-Zip or PeaZip.

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Categories: File Manipulation