Almost everything you do on the internet is some form of downloading and this refers to accessing your digital information from a remote computer. Believe it or not, it's almost as simple as clicking your mouse on the link provided and following directions.
Here are some of the methods used in downloading from the internet.
Start by choosing the file you wish to download by clicking on the appropriate download link.
Then click the save button, then locate the file in your folder that you want to save it to. After the download completes, simply run the file and follow the instructions to install.
Another way to download files is to click on the link to the file with your right mouse button (or hold the mouse button down if you are using a Mac), and select Save to Disk or Save Target As from the popup menu. Allow the file to download. After the download is finished, you have to open the file .Find the file you downloaded and double-click it. A series of installation screens direct you through the process.
(In some cases, you will be prompted to save the file somewhere on your hard drive, or the file may download automatically to your computer, depending on how your browser is configured.)
Here is some additional information to help you about Compressed and Self-Extracting Files With software.
More often than not, you will be downloading files that have been compressed.
These may be individual files or groups of files that have been compressed into a single file.
This is done to save downloading time and disk space.
If the files have been compressed, you need a separate software utility to decompress them. Such as Winzip or Winrar.
The exception are files with a sea (Mac) or exe (Windows) extension which are self-extracting. These files do not require a separate software program to run.
Because many files take considerable time to download to your computer, you need to know that if you downloaded a file that won't run on your computer, usually it involves one of the above files.
The way to identify the file type is by looking at its extension, typically expressed as a dot followed by letters.
You will need to identify the file type to know whether it will work on your computer and whether you will need a particular type of software to decompress it, play it, or view it (if you run into problems). The most common compressed ebook files are those with the following extensions.
doc Although you may occasionally come across files with this extension that are not text documents, usually they are documents that were created using Microsoft Word or WordPerfect for Windows.
pdf Portable Document Format, developed by Adobe Systems, it allows formatted documents to be transferred over the Internet so they look the same on any computer. This file type requires the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view files and can be downloaded from the Adobe website.
zip These files can be decompressed on the PC with WinZIP. You can get copies for Windows on the Winzip website .
exe If this is an executable (self-extracting) file, then it can usually be launched by double-clicking on the icon on your computer. This is the only way to tell if it is an executable file.
Helpful tip --> After the software is installed you can delete the file in your download folder to free up space on your hard drive.
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