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How to Unzip a ZIP File

We send all our files in ZIP format. This has two advantages: the files don't get corrupted so easily and they take up less disk space.

What is a ZIP file?
A ZIP file is a special type of file that contains other files. In our case, the files inside the ZIP are the design file(s) in the format that you ordered and a color card.

Before you can copy the design file to a floppy disk, USB stick or a blank embroidery card for your machine, you need to take it out of the ZIP file, or unzip it, which is what this tutorial explains.

Step One: Downloading the ZIP file to your computer
First, you need to save the ZIP file somewhere on your computer. For this, open the e-mail that we sent you and look for a link that says "download", "download attachment" or "save attachment". In Gmail, the link is called "download" and it can be found at the bottom of the e-mail (it's circled in red on the picture). Click the link.

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Your browser will ask you if you want to save or open the file. You need to select "save".
Note: the screenshot below is from our computer. The screen might look different on your computer. However, it will ask you the same thing.

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Your computer will ask you where you want to save the file. We recommend saving the file on your desktop. Click "desktop" on the left, then click "save".

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Step Two: Unzipping the File
Locate the file on your desktop and right-click it. A menu will come up. You need to select the option that says "Extract all..."

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After you click on "Extract all...", you will see the following window:

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Click "Next >".

The next screen will ask you where you want to extract the files to. The default option that will already be selected for you is to save the files to a folder on your desktop. We recommend sticking with this option. Click "Next >".

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The computer will extract the files and show you the following screen. Make sure the option "Show extracted files" is checked and click "Finish".

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The computer will show you the folder with the files you have just extracted. In this case, there are two files: a color card and an embroidery file. At this point, you can open the embroidery file using your embroidery software, or copy it to a floppy disk, a USB memory stick or a memory card.

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You can open the color card by double clicking on it:

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That's it! Happy Embroidering!

If you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to Contact Us.

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