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I am uncompressing a folder that was e-mailed to me. I am on Windows Vista and Excel 2007.
The .zip file contains 1) an Excel file and 2) a "Links" folder...the Excel document contains hyperlinks to files contained in the "Links" folder.
When I double-click the Attachment in the email to open the .zip file, the links in the Excel document are broken. HOWEVER if I save the .zip file to my desktop, then open the compressed file, the links are functional.
What's the difference?x

A ZIP file looks like a folder, but it's really a single file. Windows tries to treat it like a folder, but isn't always successful.

UNZIP the ZIP file to a folder on your desktop (or anywhere else) and that should work better. (Right-click, Uncompress Folder).
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