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How to restore Windows default Zip file functionality?

I seem to be having a bit of a problem. Usually I download free fonts, because it's good to have different ones for different occasions, you never know. Now normally when I download a font in Google Chrome (that's what I use nowadays) it downloads as a zipped file, I unzip it, and then I move it to the fonts section in my control panel. However, one day when I tried to download a certain font, it started to download it as a media file to play on the Windows Media Player, and I have no idea why. I've tried to change the property of the fonts so that it opens in something different and I stupidly chose WordPad, so currently that's what they open on but it's a bunch of unreadable numbers, letters, and symbols. I need to download several fonts for my business and I can't with the fonts now downloading like they should, could someone please help me?

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marked as duplicate by Karan, Sathya Feb 1 '13 at 9:16

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Try this:

  1. Click the Chrome menu 1 on the browser toolbar.

  2. Select Settings.

  3. Click Show advanced settings.

  4. In the Downloads section, click Clear auto-opening settings. This clears your settings for all file types.

  5. Click Close when you're done, if you're using Windows or Linux.

If fonts or ZIP archives still open in WordPad, let us know since you've probably changed the file association in Windows itself and not just the browser.

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Unfortunately it seems that it's in Windows because I've just tried it and tried to download a font and it still downloaded into WordPad. – Maya Henderson Feb 1 '13 at 0:52
Ok, so now tell us what's the exact extension of the font you're downloading? TTF? OTF? Or are you trying to open a ZIP and it opens in WordPad? – Karan Feb 1 '13 at 0:56
I'm trying to extract the fonts from the ZIP file so that I can move the font to the fonts folder in my control panel. – Maya Henderson Feb 1 '13 at 0:57
So if you save the ZIP file and then double-click in Windows Explorer to open it, it opens in WordPad? – Karan Feb 1 '13 at 0:58
Yes! That's exactly what happens. – Maya Henderson Feb 1 '13 at 0:59

You should also reset your Zip file association by doing this.

  • Click the Windows Orb (Start) > All Programs > Accessories and right-click Command Prompt, then "Run as Administrator".
  • Type assoc .zip=CompressedFolder and press Enter.
  • You may have to restart the computer. enter image description here
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Good answer, and I considered both this as well as a reg file to restore the Compressed Folders feature, but IMO 7–Zip is far better compared to this half–baked OS function that doesn't even support something as basic as Unicode. – Karan Feb 1 '13 at 4:12

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