Q. My new SJU computer has the Windows 7 operating system and does not have WinZip. How do I open a “zipped” file?
A. Zip compression is now a built-in feature of the Windows 7 operating system, so the WinZip application is no longer required to zip or unzip.
To open or unzip a zip archive in Windows 7:
- Right-click the zip archive file.
- Select “Extract All…” from the pop-up menu.
- Specify the name and location of the folder for the extracted files.
- Click the “Extract” button or press the “Enter” key.
- If the “Show extracted files when complete” box is checked, as in the screenshot below, a new folder window will be opened to display the unzipped files.
To zip a file or folder of files Windows 7:
- Right-click a file or folder of files.
- Select “Send to” from the pop-up menu.
- Then select “Compressed (zipped) folder” from the additional pop-up menu.
- The result is a new Zip archive file with the same name as the original file or folder, but with the “.zip” file extension appended to the name.
In Part 2 we’ll review the steps to zip and unzip on the Mac platform and talk a bit more about what exactly a “zipped” file is and its importance in computing more efficiently.