Extracting from ZIP/RAR Archives
ZIPs, RARs, and Archives
Most content you download will be saved on your computer with a file extension of RAR, or ZIP. RARs and ZIPs are examples of types of files called "archives." Archives allow you to compress other types of files so they take up less space. Archives can contain multiple files within them.
Downloading archives is quicker and easier than downloading many individual, larger files... But to get the files to work, you have to take them out of the archive and put them back into their original format. Taking files out of an archive is called "extracting."
The icon you have on a RAR or ZIP file will tell you whether you are ready to begin extracting from it... or whether you need to get another program to do so.
Does the icon you have for a RAR or ZIP look like one of those that is not in the purple box? Or does it your icon for a RAR or ZIP file look like any other type of icon not shown? If so, you will likely need to download a program like WinRAR to use RAR and ZIP files.
If your icon looks like either of those in the purple box, you already have the program you need to open both ZIP and RAR files - WinRAR or 7Zip.
Download and Install WinRAR
If you do not have WinRAR or 7Zip and you are using Windows, we recommend you use WinRAR to extract from both RAR and ZIP archives. It is a simple, easy to use program with a small install. You can have it running in just a few minutes.
Though WinRAR says it's a trial, it's a trial that never really runs out... After the 40 day trial is complete, it will nag you with a message if you double-click on an archive and actually open the program. But... you can close that message and continue using the program. If you just use Extract Here, it doesn't nag you at all.
If you like WinRAR, you should purchase it and support its development, but it will not require that you pay for it.
To download WinRAR, click here to go to its official site. You will most likely want the top link to the Graphic and Command Line, Trial version.
To install WinRAR, download the file to your computer by clicking on the link on the WinRAR site's download page. You can save it to your hard drive like you did the archive in Step 2. Once it has finished, double-click on the file to run the installer. You should just be able to click next, next, next, etc. to install WinRAR. At the end, click Finish to complete the installation.
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