How to open an HTML zip file

Updated July 20, 2017

A compressed ZIP file containing HTML documents allows a full website to be stored in one location. These HTML documents, however, need to be uncompressed, a processed also known as unzipping, before any of the files are accessible. This process doesn't require any additional software than what is already installed on your Windows or Mac computer. Unzipping a folder takes anywhere from a couple of seconds to a few minutes, depending on the size of the files and the speed of the computer.

Download and save the folder containing your HTML documents to your desktop. Depending on the size, the download could take anywhere from a few seconds to more than a minute.

Right-click on the downloaded ZIP file. Select "Extract All" to open the "Compressed (zipped) Folder Extraction Wizard." Click "Next" to continue.

Determine an extraction location. Select the "Browse" button to choose a file path where you'd like the uncompressed ZIP file to be stored.

Enter a password. If any of the ZIP files in your folder are password-protected, click "Password" and enter the phrase in the text field that appears. This step is not required.

Click "Finish." If you want the new uncompressed folder contents to display in a new window, keep the check in the box next to "Show extracted files." This is the default setting. If not, uncheck the box; after you click "Finish," the extraction wizard will close.

Browse through the unzipped folder contents. Ensure that the uncompressed HTML files were correctly processed.

Download the ZIP file containing your HTML documents to your computer.

Double-click on the ZIP folder. The folder will be processed, uncompressed and appear as a new folder in the same location.

Browse through the uncompressed HTML files. Make sure the files were properly unzipped before working on or uploading them to your web server.

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