Downloading and Unzipping Files

You may want to consider printing this page and keeping it with your other course materials so you have these instructions available every time you need to "unzip" files.

Several times during this course you will be required to download files from the instructor's Web site.  These files are compressed and must be "unzipped" once they are saved on your local computer.  This process is made relatively simple because the files are self-extracting.  That means the software to uncompress the files is stored in the same download that contains the files in the first place.

To download a ZIP file do the following:

Click the mouse on the Web page where the link to the file is located.  When the following window displays, click the <Save> button.  (If you would prefer at this point to click the <Open> button, you may skip to the the paragraph that begins "After closing the copyright window ...".)

Though not required, it is suggested that you save this file to the Windows Desktop.  This will make it easy to find after the download is complete.  It also will be easier to delete the file after you are finished with it.  (Once the files have been "unzipped" you do not need this original file and it may be deleted.).

An icon representing the file will appear as a folder in a vise on the Windows Desktop.  In this example, the name of the file is "ws_ftp.exe."  Double-click the mouse on the icon.

After closing the copyright window, the WinZip Self-Extractor dialog is displayed.  Either keep the "A:\" drive as the default location to unzip the files to a floppy disk.  Or if you want to save the files to a different location, click the <Browse...> button to select the drive and directory where the files will be extracted.  Then click the <Unzip> button.

Depending on the number of files being extracted, the process may take only a few seconds or up to several minutes.  When the files have been unzipped, you will see the following dialog.  Click the <OK> button with the mouse to finish.

You may now open Windows  Explorer or My Computer and browse to the drive and directory where the files were extracted to confirm that they are there.  It is suggested the you delete the original self-extracting ZIP file from the Windows desktop since you no longer need it.

Close this window when you are done reading these instructions.