I understand that is referring to decompressing a file that has been previously compressed, but I don't understand the difference between , and , considering also that, for example, Batch the "Extract Here" command uses both.

When should be used?

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    I would think [extract] is more generic, while [unzip] refers explicitly to taking something out of a zip file. For [extract] you can have a question like extracting frames from a video and such kind of problems. Mar 11, 2012 at 18:10
  • Unzip doesn't refer to .zip files in a particular way: "Computing decompress (a file) that has previously been compressed." It is like google, which doesn't necessary means "searching with Google."
    – apaderno
    Mar 11, 2012 at 18:16
  • Zip file doesn't refer to .zip files in a particular way. :) Mar 11, 2012 at 18:18
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    I'd vote to close as duplicate of this if I could. Merging them sounds a lot like what Psycogeek would recommend: "Combining extract and zip or rar or tar makes unzip, unrar, and untar unnecessary!" Not sure where the cutoff should be. I don't think we need to act here.
    – Daniel Beck Mod
    Mar 11, 2012 at 18:32


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