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How to open zip files

Zip files are simply a way of sending multiple files in one folder (directory), often taking up less space than the original. They are sometimes called compressed or archive files. Most computers and most operating systems can 'unzip' or 'extract' these files very easily.

After you download a zip file, you will find an icon that looks similar to one of these:-

Zip Icons

Double-click on the icon and it may just do it for you. If not, right-click on the icon and choose 'unzip', 'decompress', 'expand', 'unpack' or 'extract', depending on what you see.

If you are not offered such a choice, the icon probably looks blank or is a question mark. This means you need to install unzipping software. There are a number of free ones available, including PeaZip, WinZip, 7-Zip and Stuffit. Download and install one, then follow the instructions provided.

As an aside, eBooks are another variety of zip file, but the eReader automatically takes care of the unzipping and the display order process so the user is unaware of this happening. Do not try and unzip an eBook, you will just end up with a load of useless files.

Google Chrome

If you use the Chrome browser and are having trouble downloading zip files or eBooks, look at the box that appears in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen and click the tiny up arrow ( ˄ ). If "Open","Open when done" or "Always open files of this type" are ticked, untick them.

You may also need to change the way Chrome handles PDFs. Go to:- Settings > Advanced > PDF files. Then enable "Download PDF files instead of automatically opening them in Chrome".

If that does not help. Go to:- Settings > Advanced > Downloads. Then enable "Ask where to save each file before downloading".

Kindle Fire

This is not the best way to see the maps, but you can put them on the Kindle Fire, if you want to carry them about. The links to move around all work, but as you are not using a mouse, they are not all visible.

Download and unzip the file on your computer. You now have a folder called "Name_of_Map". Plug the Fire into the computer and copy this folder into Fire > Internal Storage > Downloads.

On the Fire, open Documents > Local Storage > Downloads > Name_of_Map and then start.htm or AAStartHere.htm. The start page will open in the Silk Browser and you can navigate from there as normal. I suggest you create a bookmark in Silk for the start page, giving it a sensible name. You cannot open it from Silk without this, because opening Downloads will not show the maps, as they were side loaded, not downloaded.



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