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Chapter 18. Maintaining Your Computer > Opening Compressed Files

Opening Compressed Files

Not all compressed file formats are self-extracting. For those files you'll need a program capable of uncompressing (extracting) the files. Stuffit Expander is a universal utility that helps you open up all those pesky compressed files that other users and companies send you. The latest version (Stuffit v8), opens almost any compressed format including: .sitseahqx, andbin. In addition, Stuffit can open files compressed using WinZip (Windows compression utility), and the UNIX formats: .targzip (), and .bzip. For example, you receive a WinZip file from your parents showing pictures of their trip to Hawaii or you download the latest software patch for your word-processing program, and it came the .hqz format. With Stuffit Expander, you're only seconds away from viewing those pictures and updating that word processor.

Open Compressed Files with Stuffit Expander

Open the Applications folder, and then double-click the Utilities folder or the Stuffit folder to locate the Stuffit Expander.

Select a compressed file.

Drag and drop the file over the Stuffit Expander icon.

Stuffit Expander uncompresses the file, and places it in the same location as the compressed file.


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