1999-08-14 / Columnists

Got A Computer Question?

Ask Randy From Magichost

Q: Whenever someone sends me a zip file on AOL, the zip file is automatically opened and extracted when I sign off. I tried downloading a zip file on a website, I then signed off and AOL didn’t unzip the file for me. I downloaded it again and it still didn’t work. How do I unzip this file manually, and why didn’t AOL do it for me?

A: America Online (AOL) will only unzip files automatically that are downloaded from e-mail. If you downloaded a file from the Internet, AOL would have no control over that file. There are a number of programs that you can use to unzip files. I think the most popular would be WinZip. Winzip is a great windows based archive program that really makes it easy for beginners to zip several files simply by dragging and dropping. You can download winzip from their website at http://www.winzip.com. Click to download the evaluation version. Once you have downloaded and installed Winzip, you can simply double click zip files in Windows Explorer to view their contents.

Please send any questions you may have relating to computers to: Randy Sofia care of the wave (8808 Rockaway Beach boulevard, Rockaway, NY 11693) or send e-mail to thewave@poboxes.com

This weekly Q&A column is written by Randy Sofia, a computer programmer, and president of Magichost Internet Services. Magichost is a web hosting service with Rockaway in mind. Visit the website at http://www.magichost.com or e-mail Rockaway@magichost.com.

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