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Downloading a ZIP file with Dropbox

Downloading a ZIP file with Dropbox

Amy
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Space is important - on your computer, on your phone and in your workspace. That’s why ZIP files are so helpful for saving disk space and sending large files and folders to other computers. 
 

What is a ZIP file?

 

A ZIP is a file archive format.  ZIP files can be extremely useful if you’ve got a large group of files or even just one massive file that you need to share with your team. When a file or folder is zipped, its contents are made smaller, with redundant data removed, so they use and require a lot less data to store and share. The process is called “lossless data compression,” with lossless meaning that while the file size will be greatly reduced, the file itself won’t be affected. 
 

How do I ZIP a file?

 

That depends on your operating system. On Mac, you can then simply right-click or Ctrl-click that folder and select “Compress Items.” The .zip file will be saved in the same location that the original folder is saved. For Microsoft users, just make sure all the files you’re compressing are in one folder, right-click that folder, and then find the “Send To” option. In the "Send To” menu, you should see the “Compressed Folder” option. Click that, and your compressed file will be saved to 
 

Do I need to ZIP my files?

 

It’s simple to share or email large files with Dropbox so there is no need to compress all of your files. Upload the file to Dropbox, create a shared link, and send that link via chat, email, or text to whomever you want. Anyone with the link can view or download the file you’ve shared, even if they don’t have a Dropbox account.
 
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Can I upload ZIP files to Dropbox?

 

Yes, you can upload ZIP files to Dropbox. You can do this by either dragging and dropping the compressed file to Dropbox, uploading the file like you would any other, and even by moving or copying the file to the Dropbox desktop app. 
 

How do I unzip files or open RAR files stored in my Dropbox account?

 

To unzip file, download them from your Dropbox account to your desktop computer. Mac and Windows devices both have built-in file compression features, so when you open a ZIP file for the first time it will automatically uncompress—or unzip—your file.
 
 
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