When you work with a lot of documents, it’s pretty common that you’ll see a lot of zipped folders. But what are they? What’s inside of them? How do you get into them?

In this article, we’ll talk about what zipped files are, what you need to access them, and how to unzip files on Windows 10 and Mac..

What Is A Zipped File?

Zipped files are an easy way to condense a lot of data down into a single, smaller file. Usually, people zip files when the data they want to send is too much for their email provider to handle. Zipping a file makes the file small enough to email to whoever you want. But the way documents are zipped prevents them from losing any quality due to file compression.

Once the recipient has downloaded the zipped file, they can then unzip it and extract all of the files using some simple software.

Tools You Can Use To Zip Files

There’s a lot of free software out there that you can download that lets you zip and unzip files. All of the biggest names are pretty trustworthy.

Here are some of the most common zipping and unzipping programs on the market:

  • WinZip
  • EzyZip
  • Microsoft’s native zip program
  • WinRAR
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Apple’s native software for Mac
  • 7-Zip
  • Pea Zip

Microsoft and Mac both come with native software that will allow you to zip and unzip files. Some people do not think these native programs zip folders well enough. Those who want their documents more compressed usually opt for one of the other free software options we mentioned.

Unless your folder compression needs are really extreme, however, it probably doesn’t matter which software option you select.

Do I Need A Password

Some zip programs allow you to password protect your zipped files. If someone has sent you a protected zip folder then yes, you will need the password to access the files.

In most cases, however, people do not password protect their zip files. So most of the time, unzipping a folder should be pretty easy.

How To Unzip A File On Windows 10

Unzipping folders or extracting files is even easier than zipping them,

For Windows 10 all you have to do is click on the zipped folder. A window will pop up where you can drag and drop all of the files you want from the zipped folder into a regular folder elsewhere on your computer.



How To Unzip Files On A Mac

For Mac users, all you have to do is double-click on the zipped folder. From there, you can drag and drop whatever you need.


Access Your Files Saftely With eFileCabinet

You can zip your files and send them to your coworkers and clients. You can even password protect them if you want. But not even a password is fool-proof. If you’re dealing with sensitive documents, be they financial records or legal documents, you need a more secure option.

eFileCabinet is that secure option.

eFileCabinet’s SecureDrawer allows you to send documents through a portal with bank-grade encryption. Send documents of any size to anyone with the peace of mind that no one will get their hands on those documents unless they’re supposed to.

Schedule a free demonstration today to learn more about how eFileCabinet keeps your documents safe and compliant!