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A file of which the contents have been compressed with the use of a program such as DropStuff or WinZip. It can sent via e-mail and unzipped by the recipient without losing any data. The contents can consist of one large file, or more than one file. This method is especially useful when sending someone several image files by e-mail. Most programmes will allow the sender to make the zip file self-extractable, turning the .zip file into an .exe file.