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General

StuffIt Expander is one of the most comprehensive tools for dealing with any compressed, segmented, and encoded files you encounter. StuffIt Expander offers support for over 30 formats. Best of all, it's FREE!

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StuffIt Expander for Windows

Downloading and Installing StuffIt Expander for Windows

  1. Visit: http://www.stuffit.com/win-expander.html and click the "Free Download Now" button.
  2. Double-click the Installer and follow the prompts.

StuffIt Expander will be installed in \Program Files\Smith Micro folder and added to the Start Menu.

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Expanding Files with StuffIt Expander

Expanding Files

By default StuffIt X (.sitx) and Zip (.zip) archives are automatically associated with StuffIt Expander and identified by our "ball in cube" icons. Double-clicking these archives will launch StuffIt Expander to open them for browsing.

To expand the entire archive, click Expand All from the toolbar. You will be prompted for a destination.

To extract individual files from the archive, select the files you want, and then click Extract from the toolbar. You will be prompted for a destination.

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Opening archives from within StuffIt Expander

When you launch StuffIt Expander, an Archive Manager window will appear listing supported archives found on your machine. You can double-click any archive to open it for browsing.

If the archive you are looking for isn't in the list, you can click the Open button on the toolbar, then locate the archive and click Open.

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Finding Your Expanded Files

During expansion, StuffIt Expander will display a progress bar. When Expander finishes, you can click the Open Folder to open the destination directory in Windows Explorer.

Once you've expanded files from an archive, you may not need the archive in which they were packaged any longer and can delete it.

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Upgrading to StuffIt Deluxe for Windows

StuffIt Deluxe includes tools for creating archives in popular formats such as Zip, Tar and the cutting-edge StuffIt X. With StuffIt Deluxe you can schedule compressed backups, search for files stored in archives, preview images stored in archives, and automate your workflow with several scripting options. Find out more at http://my.smithmicro.com/win/stuffitdeluxe/index.html.


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StuffIt Expander for Macintosh

Downloading and Installing StuffIt Expander for Macintosh

  1. Visit: http://www.stuffit.com/mac-expander.html and click the Free Download Now button.
  2. Double-click the Installer and follow the prompts.

StuffIt Expander will be installed in your Applications folder and optionally added to your Dock.

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Expanding Files with StuffIt Expander

Expanding Files by Double-Click

By default many of the formats that are supported by StuffIt are automatically associated with StuffIt Expander. These file types are identified by our "ball in cube" icons.

Expanding compressed and encoded files is as simple as double-clicking them. StuffIt Expander will launch, expand the files and then quit.

TIP: You can change the file associations for the different supported formats in Expander's File Mapping preferences.

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Expanding Files by Drag and Drop to Application Icon/Dock Icon

Some files that Expander can open may not be associated with the application. You can try to open them by dragging them to StuffIt Expander's application or Dock icon. If Expander is closed, the program will launch, expand your files and quit.

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Expanding Files by Drag and Drop to the Drag Window

When you launch StuffIt Expander, a Drag Window will appear. You can drag files and drop them onto the StuffIt Expander Drag Window to expand them.

TIP: You can expand more than one file at a time by dragging multiple items onto StuffIt Expander.

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Finding Your Expanded Files

When Expander finishes, the expanded content will be located in the same directory as the original files. (You can change this setting in the Preferences.)

Once you've expanded files from an archive, you may not delete the archive in which they were packaged if you no longer need it.

If Expander recognizes a "package within a package," it will continue to expand the resulting files. (This setting can be changed in Expander's Preferences).

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Upgrading to StuffIt Deluxe for Macintosh

To get files out of archives, StuffIt Expander can only expand the entire contents. StuffIt Deluxe allows you to browse the contents of archives and selectively extract items. Deluxe also includes tools for creating archives in popular formats such as Zip, Tar and the cutting-edge StuffIt X (SITX). With StuffIt Deluxe you can schedule compressed backups, search for files stored in archives, preview images stored in archives, and automate your workflow with several scripting options. Find out more at http://my.smithmicro.com/mac/stuffitdeluxe/index.html

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Support

For support information, refer to the online Support page.

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