Windows XP's compressed (zipped) folders work so much like folders that it is easy to forget that they are actually based on ZIP files. You may even remove files from a compressed folder by opening the folder and then copying and pasting the files to another folder. You may find it easier to use the compressed folders extraction wizard. Here's how:
- Right-click the compressed folder and select Extract All.
- When you see the Welcome page of the extraction wizard, click Next.
- Click the Browse button to choose a destination.
- If necessary, create a new destination with the Make New Folder button. Click OK.
- Click Next. This will extract the files in the compressed folder.
- Select the Show Extracted Files check box and click the Finish button.
Note: This tip applies to both Windows XP Home and Windows XP Professional.
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Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.