5 ways to extract files

5 ways to extract files
5 ways to extract files

Several large files can be downloaded from the internet. These files due to their sizes can take forever to transfer, which is why they are often compressed for download. Large files or a group of files called an archive can also be compressed and zipped before being emailed. Checking out files is a process that varies with each new version of Microsoft Windows. Learn how to extract files from an archive on Mac, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.


Method 1 of 5: Working on Windows XP

Extract Files Step 1

Step 1. Find the compressed file

  • If you have received the file in question by email, open it where the file is attached. Download the compressed file and save it to your desktop.
  • If you download the file from the internet, choose the option Save as and choose the office as the destination.
Extract Files Step 2

Step 2. Right click on the archive

  • You should see a menu. Choose Extract files from the menu.
  • Click on the Browse button from the extraction window. Find the location where you want to save the unzipped files and select it. You can choose to create a folder where you can save the unzipped files.
Extract Files Step 3

Step 3. Click Next to extract the files

Your files will be in the location you chose.

Method 2 of 5: Operate on Windows Vista

Extract Files Step 4

Step 1. Find the compressed file

  • Double-click on a file you received by email in order to download the attached archive.
  • The downloaded files are saved in your user folder.
Extract Files Step 5

Step 2. Click on the Start button then click on Computer

Extract Files Step 6

Step 3. Double-click on the Local Disk icon (C:

). Look under the section HDDs. Double click on Users then to your Windows username.

Extract Files Step 7

Step 4. Double click on the Downloads folder

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Step 5. Find the downloaded archive in the folder

Then double-click on it.

  • If you want to extract all files from your archive, click Extract all files just below the address bar. Click the Browse button and navigate to the location where you want to save the extracted files. Click OK to start the extraction. You will see a window appear telling you that the files are extracted.

Method 3 of 5: Try it on Windows 7

Extract Files Step 9

Step 1. Find the compressed file

Extract Files Step 10

Step 2. Right click on the archive

Then choose Extract all files from the menu.

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Step 3. Click Extract

As the extraction process is simplified in Windows 7, you can also choose to save the files to a different location or even move them after the extraction is complete

Method 4 of 5: Extract files on Mac OS

Extract Files Step 12

Step 1. Download the archive you need to open

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Step 2. Open Finder

Then, go to the Downloads folder.

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Step 3. Double click on the compressed folder

Mac OS Extractor will extract the file in no time. Once this is done, you will see the unzipped folder with the same name as the compressed folder

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Step 4. Continue

Click and drag the extracted folder into the folder Documents from the Finder window.

Method 5 of 5: Working on Linux

Extract Files Step 16

Step 1. Download the archive

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Step 2. Right click from desktop or file browser

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Step 3. Click Extract Here

The name may vary depending on the version of Linux.

The file should be located in a directory with the same name as the archive, but without the extension


  • You can download free software to extract files from the internet if you are using an older version of Mac that does not have Extractor software.
  • Always try to use good antivirus software.


  • Downloading files from the internet and opening files sent to you by email can be dangerous. Never open an email file you didn't expect.
  • Download files only from sites you trust. Viruses, Trojans, and other malware are often transmitted through extracted or archived files.

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