How to Unlock a Zipped File

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.

Unlocking a File With WinZip

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Visit the WinZip website (see Resources).

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Click on "Get Free Trial."

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

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Download the program.

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

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Locate WinZip and select it. Click "OK."

Unlocking a File on a PC

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Open the file you wish to unzip.

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

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

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

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Click "Extract."