How I Unzip

How I Unzip Files for Free

If you work on-line regularly, you more than likely would have come across the issue of downloading a file that is a zip file. Now this will mean you will need software that can unzip that file so you can read what is in it.

Now you may already have a program that can do this for you but if you don’t then you may have a load of downloaded files on your computer that are almost useless to you. Today I will show you a solution unlocking all those goodies in those zip files you have 🙂

First let’s get one thing clear though, not all files on your computer actually need to be Unzipped so lets not go crazy. Instead focus only on files that you actually require the ability to read the info or see the images.

Unzip Your Small Zipped Files

Okay so let’s say in this example you have been to a blog where they are offering to give you a free download of copy right free images that you will be able to use on your own website, in Social Media and anywhere else you wish without the worry of breaching copy write laws.

So you give them your email and they send you the download email with instructions on how to claim your free images. You follow the instructions set out and bingo you have now downloaded what you believe to be your images.

You then rush off to the folder you downloaded to with excitement and find the file, only to see it is saying “zip file”. You frantically try and try to open it with the programs you have on your computer with no success at all.

The cloud of frustration and disappointment looms. You can’t access your images, “what a bloody waste of time that was” you say!!

There is a solution and the 2 solutions I will touch on today is one paid version and one free version. The paid version that seems to be ever so popular with many is a program called Winzip.

image with a link to Winzip

They have a free trial version you can take for a spin but after that time runs out you will need to pay. The price is reasonable and I did  try the free version however I found the software a tad to confusing and advanced for me so I declined to pay.


Now the paid software you can find on the net are many and vary in price so make sure you read the policy and terms of use guides on their websites and check any reviews. Winzip does seem to be the most common paid software that I could find and will unzip large files among other things. click on the image above to go to the website.

There are Free Unzip Options Available.

Now you may be in a position, where you are not willing or cannot hand over your hard-earned cash for a program to unzip your files and that is fine there are options available.

Keep in mind though that when going down the path of free software there are some things you definitely need to be aware of. Firstly when something is free it will be limited in what it can do and will not have all the features of their paid counterparts. Some free soft-wares can come with tracking cookies, and even malware and viruses so be aware of this before you rush in and expose your precious computer to “Death by Virus”

when something is free you cannot be certain you are getting what you think you’re getting so to speak, so my advice is if you are a gimme free all the way type then you best have really good security on your computer and I don’t mean the half ass free version either, and by gee you best know how to use them properly.

To make life a little easier this is the free software I use that handles small files and does a pretty damn good job. No downloading required.

image of the free unzip program i use with link to site







Watch This Video to See How Easy it really is

There is also another free tool I use as well which I find very good and a lot quicker then Unzip on-line, however you will need to download software onto your computer and it does come with an add-on to your chrome browser. The add-on is in the form of an extra search browser which is easily disabled through the settings in your chrome browser however I don;t mind it.

Now because this software is free and it is a download onto your computer operating system I will recommend you do a virus and malware scan before you download it into your hard drive. This is just a precaution and to date I have not had an issue and I have been running it for a few months now.

The software is called Elite Unzip and I find it faster the unzip on-line and easy to store my unzipped files directly on my computer in a bulk action rather than one by one like in unzip on-line.

Watch The Video to see Elite Unzip in Action

So that brings us to the end of my presentation and as always I truly do hope I have helped some-one out there with this piece on zipped files and how you can unzip them.

To get your safe download of ELITE Unzip please click here 

Please leave your comments below and let us know what you use to unzip your files with and how it may help others who are struggling to understand what they need to do to read their unzipped/compressed files 🙂

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Marketing Made Easy - Believe, Challenge, Learn and Grow Breaking down marketing in simple terms, so even a beginner can take action. Sandra Lemming is Just an Aussie chick working on-line and sharing tips that have helped me with others to help them.

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March 9, 2015 11:45 am

Thanks Sandra, good tips as always! Cheers, Kim

Rachel Wilson
Rachel Wilson
March 9, 2015 3:14 pm

Thanks Sandra – very helpful information… thanks for sharing with us 🙂

Robbie van't Wout
March 9, 2015 6:08 pm

There is nothing worse than downloading something only to find it is zip closed and you can’t get into it. A very handy tool you shared here Sandra

Toni Everard
March 9, 2015 7:47 pm

Great easy to follow helpful info as always Sandra. I will note this for future reference. Cheers. 🙂

Gley Yahya
Gley Yahya
March 9, 2015 8:59 pm

Good tips Sandra… keep on, all internet users need to learn about tools and everything need to help them out.