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What is a .RAR file and how do I make it work?

I downloaded a file that has the extension ".RAR." What does it mean and how do I make that file function?

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is a compressed file like a ZIP, but uses a different encoding format. To expand RAR files, WinRAR is quite popular. The Web site at lists information on how to create and read RAR files.

This was first published in April 2002

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