Opening ZIP files

Did your computer fail to open a ZIP file? We explain what ZIP files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your ZIP files.

What is a ZIP file?

A Zip file is a compressed archive file that is used to make large files and collections of files more manageable to the user.

When a .zip file is created, data is compressed to reduce the file size. Multiple files can be combined into a single Zip folder, making it easier to upload, download or email a volume of files. When opening a file with a .zip extension you can extract a single file or the entire directory structure.

The Zip file format makes sharing documents and files much easier. For example, if you had twenty separate documents that you wanted to email, you could compress them all into a single .zip file rather than uploading each one individually. Some Zip files can be encrypted to add to the file security.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

Chief Content Editor and File Expert

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