Zipped Files – Explained

KindergartenWorks uses zipped files to put multiple files into one single download – making it easier for you to download and save your new purchase where you want it on your computer or cloud storage.

So, what is a ZIP file anyway?

It’s a compressed folder containing multiple files. It’s a suitcase holding all of the files. Lots of things zipped together. To use them or edit them, you’ll want to unzip the file {ahem, suitcase}

Here’s how to open a ZIP file:

First answer this: What operating system do you have?

Mac OS X, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 all have a pre-installed unzip feature. {{wahoo}} This means you don’t have any extra things to download. Once you’ve downloaded the ZIP file from your order confirmation email or “my purchases” dashboard, click on it to view its contents. You won’t have to do anything special to un-zip the folder.

If you have Windows XP, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on the ZIP folder.
  2. Click on “Extract all” from the panel that opens. The system will take you through a short extraction process via a step-by-step “wizard.”
  3. Choose a destination. This is the folder where you want to keep the unzipped files.
  4. Click the little box that says, “Show extracted files when complete” to see the files right away.
  5. Once the files are extracted from the ZIP folder, you can access them all in their new destination you chose.

No luck? Still didn’t work?

On a Mac:

  • Hold down the control key and click the ZIP file icon.
  • Choose “open with” and then select “archive utility.”
  • The utility will extract the ZIP files and you can find them in the same folder you downloaded them to.

If you’re using a PC and the original ZIP file was created by a Mac user, then an additional .ds file may be embedded within the ZIP file.

For Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8, try following the steps for Windows XP (steps 1-4) above.

More Options

You can download a free unzipping application from 7-zip. It works on Windows 7, Vista, and XP. A similar option is unzip-online.