a check list of things you need to know if this is the very first
time you have attempted to unzip a ZIP file...
1) Do you know where you have the
ZIP file saved (stored) on your computer? This is
important. If you have received the ZIP file as an email
attachment, then that's fine. However, if you have saved the
ZIP file to your computer's hard drive, and if you can't find the
ZIP file, then click here.
2) Do you have a software program
to unzip the ZIP file? The Unzip Wizard is our favorite
software program to unzip ZIP files. Do you recall
downloading and installing The Unzip Wizard? If you have not
downloaded and installed The Unzip Wizard, then please do so by
clicking on the animated red diskette (see left).
Now, assuming you have The Unzip
Wizard installed, and assuming you know where the ZIP file is that
you wish to unzip, then...
All you need to do is
use "My Computer" and go to the folder where the ZIP file
you wish to unzip is located. See example below:
Once you find the ZIP file, simply double click on the file, and
within seconds The Unzip Wizard will automatically pop up.
Just follow The Unzip Wizard's step by step instructions and life
will be sweet.
if you did not download and save the ZIP file, but rather have
received a ZIP file as an attachment to an email message, then
things are even simpler... Just open the attachment,
and within seconds The Unzip Wizard will appear! Just follow The Unzip Wizard's step by step instructions and
all will be well.
OK, I have downloaded and installed your Unzip Wizard, but don't
know how to use it. I go through the steps, it unzips my ZIP
file, but when I go back to my folder, it is zipped again!
A: Once upon a time your
mailman delivered a box to your house, and rang the doorbell. You
opened the front door, and the mailman handed you the box. You
took it from his hands, shaked it, and could tell something was
inside. You ask the mailman to help you unpack the
box. Even though it's not his job, the mailman agrees to
help you. He takes out his pocket knife, and opens the box
for you. He takes out the contents and places the contents
on the floor. He then places the box on the floor. He
is about to leave, when he hears you say, "But the box is
still here! Help me open the box so that I can see what's
inside." The mailman, puzzled, says, "I've
already done that. The contents are right over
there!". But you keep insisting, "No!
But the box is over there! Help me see what's inside the
box." At this point the mailman thinks you are crazy,
and you probably are. OK, end of story. Now, in the
previous story, replace the words "the mailman" with
"The Unzip Wizard", and replace the word "box"
with the word "ZIP file". Is this making any sense
yet? Sounds like you are confusing the box with its
contents. A ZIP file is the box. The contents inside the box
could be anything under the sun. When you unzip (unpack) the box
your "anything under the sun" files are placed wherever
you told The Unzip Wizard to place them. At that point, you should
forget about going back and revisiting the box (which it sounds
like you are doing), and you should instead start working with the
contents. It sounds like you keep going back to the box, rather
than to its unzipped contents.