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Unzipping files using the popular WinZip software

When you download some kind of file from the Internet, it is often "zipped" or packed in a special way, for fast and convenient downloading. If you've downloaded a "zipped" file (a pattern for example), you'll need to unzip the file to be able to use it.

This page is a step-by-step guide for unzipping files with WinZip. If you don't have WinZip - you may get a free 30-day trial version and install it on your computer in minutes.

We'll start by unzipping a free Violets cross stitch pattern, downloaded earlier from
How to download embroidery patterns

Let's start unzipping Counted Cross-Stitch Pattern:

Step 1: Open WinZip, by clicking "Start" --> "All Programs" --> "WinZip" --> "WinZip ....(version number)" as shown here:

Locate and Open WinZip Software

When the program is active, you should see a screen like this: WinZip Window is Opened

Step 2: Click on the "Open" button of the WinZip software: Clock on the Open Button

Step 3: A small window will pop up. This window will allow you to locate the zipped file on your computer. Navigate to the folder where the pattern is stored, mark the zipped file with your mouse cursor, and click "Open". Locate Folder with Embroidery Patterns and Choose the Pattern

After you "open" the zipped file, you should see a screen like this one:
All Counted Cross-Stitch Chart Files

Step 4:Click on the "Extract" button of WinZip. Press Extract

Step 5: When the "unzipping" grid appears, select the correct destination folder (the folder where you'd like to save the unzipped pattern). Then, mark the checkbox labeled "Use folder names", and then click on the "Extract" button. Look at the screenshot - we've marked all the spots where you need do anything: Locate Embroidery Patterns Folder to Extract Charts to

That's it. The pattern is unzipped. Now you may close the WinZip program, and go to the folder where the pattern is stored (the folder you selected in the previous step). Open the files and use them: Unzipped Folder

Unziped Counted Cross-Stitch Patterns

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