Working with Zip Files

When working with zip files Mac and PC users have different options. Learn how to use zip files in Windows 10 and on a Mac here.

Opening zip files

To open a zip file in Windows:

Windows treats zip files just like folders. You can open a zip file, move files in and out of it, and open individual files just like you would if they were in a folder.

  1. Double-click the zip file.


    Screenshot of Windows 8Double-clicking a zip file
  2. The zip file will open. You can now double-click any file to open it.


    Screenshot of Windows 8Accessing the contents of a zip file

Because Windows makes it easy to work with zip files, there's generally no need to unzip them. However, if you would prefer to unzip them you can simply right-click the zip file's icon and select Extract All.

Screenshot of Windows 8Unzipping a zip file

To open a zip file in Mac OS X:

Opening a zip file in OS X is slightly different from Windows. Instead of opening the zip file directly, it will unzip the files and place them in a new folder. You can then open the folder to access individual files.

  1. Double-click the zip file.


    Screenshot of Mac OS XDouble-clicking a zip file
  2. A folder will be created with the same name as the zip file. You can double-click the folder to open it.


    Screenshot of Mac OS XDouble-clicking a folder
  3. You can now double-click any file to open it.


    Screenshot of Mac OS XAccessing the contents of a zip file