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The ZIP file format combines a set of separate files into a single compressed binary file referred to as an archive. Because the archive can contain more than one file in compressed format, the ZIP format has become one of the most common ways to transfer files over the Internet. In order to decompress the files stored in ZIP format, the ZIP file first must be downloaded to a PC and then a file utility must be used to extract the individual files from the compressed binary file. Many file utilities are available to "unzip" files in ZIP format in the form of freeware, shareware, and commercial packages.
The following five steps for downloading and unzipping ZIP files work for most browsers:
Last Modified Date: May 20, 2004