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Zipping Files

If you've been on the Internet for any length of time, you've run into zipped files (a.k.a. filename.zip). Zipping files is a way to combine multiple files and even a directory structure into one single file that is compressed. Zipped files make the transfer of data files and programs not just simpler, but faster, too. PKZip 2.04g was a command-line utility which was used to create zip files. As zipping became popular, many third-parties created utilities to perform zipping operations through GUI interfaces. My favorite utility of these is WinZip. But with Windows XP, I may never use it again.

Windows XP includes built-in zipping capabilities—viewing, creating, and extracting. Viewing zip files is easy. Windows XP treats .zip files as a compressed folder, no matter what utility was used to create them. They appear as folders with a zipper. You can view and access the contents just as if they were stored in any typical folder on the file system.


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