How to Unlock a Zipped File

By Emilia Lamberto

When files are downloaded to your computer, they are usually in the zipped format. In order to unlock these zipped files, you will either need to use a program like WinZip or something similar. On a PC, you can use a few clicks of your mouse even without a program to unzip files.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Zipped files
  • Unzip program

Unlocking a File With WinZip

Step 1

Visit the WinZip website (see Resources).

Step 2

Click on "Get Free Trial."

Step 3

Enter your e-mail address and then click "Download Evaluation" in order to try WinZip for 45 days.

Step 4

Download the program.

Step 5

Open the file you wish to unzip. Right-click it and choose "Open With" and then select "Browse."

Step 6

Locate WinZip and select it. Click "OK."

Unlocking a File on a PC

Step 1

Open the file you wish to unzip.

Step 2

Right-click on the file and choose "Extract All."

Step 3

Choose the file that you wish to place the extracted files in.

Step 4

Check the box that says "Show extracted files when complete."

Step 5

Click "Extract."