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Basic information on Zip Files

If you don't know what a zip file is, the following information may be of interest to you:

Zip files are a way of packaging lots of smaller files together into a single file. There are several reasons why you may want to do this:

If you want to create zip files, or extract the data from inside a zip file that you have downloaded, we would suggest visiting and downloading a free demo of the WinZip program. There are other programs that do the same thing, some of which are freeware, such as ZipCentral, WinACE and WinRAR.

ZipScan is for more advanced users who use Zip files to store lots of files. It enables the user to search a collection of zip files for a particular file that is stored within them. Suppose, for example, I write a lot of letters and each month I store them in a zip file so they don't take up too much space. After a while, I'll have quite a collection of such zip files. Now, if I want to find a particular letter, perhaps called "BankLetter.doc", I may not know in which Zip file it is kept. Ordinarily, the only way to find out would be to open each zip file in turn and look at the contents. With ZipScan, I can search through all the zip files in one go to find the letter I want.

ZipScan also works with CAB, JAR, RAR and ACE files. These are very similar to Zip files. When you install a new program on your computer, the program itself is often stored within CAB files. JAR files are used only by Internet Java programmers.

If you just want to quickly extract files from a Zip or CAB file, see how to Open an Archive File.