What is a RAR file?

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RAR files are compressed files created by the WinRAR archiver.

These files need to be extracted, same like e.g. "Zip files".

* An "Archiver" is a program that takes many separate files and archives them into one file.

RAR files compress better, resulting in smaller files to download.

How to extract RAR files (e.g. with WinZIP)

1) Save the .RAR file to the desktop. If the compressed file was downloaded from a website, it may be saved in the Downloads folder in your Documents or user directory.

2) Launch WinZip and open the compressed file by clicking 'File > Open'.

* If your system has the compressed file extension (RAR) associated with WinZip, just double-click on the file.

3) Select all the files and folders inside the compressed file.

4) Click '1-click Unzip' and choose 'Unzip' in the WinZip toolbar under the 'Unzip' tab.

5) Choose the destination folder for your extracted files and click 'Unzip' button.

6) Find your extracted files in the destination folder.

A good alternative to WinZIP is the open source freeware "7-Zip".