What is a ZIP file and how do I open it?

What are ZIP files?

Some of our resources are contained in compressed ZIP files – these files are used when the resources are large, or there are a number of resources grouped together in a pack. In order to access a ZIP file, an unzipping program is required - this program then extracts the set of resources from the ZIP file and puts them onto your computer for normal use.

It is very likely that your computer has software already built in that will allow you to unzip files, but if you don't have this software or you are unsure, we recommend using WinRar. The latest version of WinRAR can be downloaded for free (most users can choose the first option in the list).


Extracting the files using WinRAR:

If you are using WinRAR, you can easily extract the individual resources from the ZIP that you downloaded by following these simple steps:


- Locate the ZIP file on your computer.
- Right-click on it.
- From the menu that appears, select 'Extract Here'.

You will then notice that the files have been extracted and placed in the some folder as your ZIP file. They are now ready for opening and printing in the normal way.


Having difficulties?

If you are downloading a ZIP file and having trouble opening the resources which it contains - for example receiving messages from your computer that the filename is too long, then we would recommend you ensure you are unzipping the ZIP file contents as per the instructions above and not trying to open resources within the ZIP file directly.

If you are unable to download/install a ZIP utility on the computer you are using, and it is running Microsoft Windows then follow these instructions to use the default "Compress Folders" software to unzip the downloaded ZIP file:


- Locate the ZIP file on your computer.
- Right-click on it.
- From the menu that appears, select 'Extract All....'

You will then be able to follow the on-screen wizard in order to choose a folder to extract the resources to. Once completed, the resources are now ready for opening and printing in the normal way.


If you notice an issue with a resource which reports a file name too long message then please let us know as our customer support team will be happy to help in solving the problem!


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