Updated: 03/13/2021 by Computer Hope

Expand may refer to any of the following:

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1. The process or opening a folder and displaying all its contents. For example, with Microsoft Windows, in Explorer, a user may click the plus ( + ) symbol next to a folder or double-click it to expand and view its contents. If you wanted to hide its contents, click the minus ( - ) to collapse the folder.

2. The process of taking a compressed file and extracting all the files. This restores the files to the original format.

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