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Monday, August 10, 2009

Tutorial: How to Unzip Files So You Can Digi Scrap

I've had a few people ask me how to get at the digi scrapbook files once they've downloaded them, so I'm posting a quick tutorial that explains how to unzip your files.

The reason digi designers zip up their files is that it's faster for everyone (for them to upload and for you to download) and they take up less space out in cyberspace.

First, you are going to need an extraction program. Check to see if you computer has one (the easiest way is to skip to step one and right click on the rar file, if there's an extract option there, you are set). If you don't already have one, don't worry, you can get one for free. The one I use is WinRAR and it's free for download here. (Update: WinRAR is no longer free. It looks like this a good alternative, but as always, proceed with caution and have your anti-virus and anti-malware software on. I think it's a good one, but you can't be too careful.)

Once you have your program installed on your computer, browse your folders using your operating system to find where put your downloaded file.

Step One: Double click on it. You can also right click and choose the "Extract files. . ." option.


This will bring up your extraction application. Mine looks like this:

Step Two: Then browse to find the folder where you want your files to end up--the easiest way is to choose the folder that is second from the left on the row of icons, which says "Extract To."

Step Three: I have a "digital scrapbooking" folder on my external hard drive, so that's what I choose. Click "OK" at the bottom.

Once you select this path, it's easy to find it again for the next folder you want to unzip. Browse to the new folder to unzip, then click on the pull-down menu on the side and choose the same path.


Step 5: Browse for the file if you feel like it. Yep! There it is, all pretty and ready to go! Just double click and all the usable .jpegs and .pngs files are in the folder.
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