Bulk Extraction of Files from an ANGEL Group

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Follow the steps below to extract all documents of a given type from an ANGEL Group. Note: This process will also work for ANGEL courses. ANGEL courses use a Course File Manager in place of a Group File Manager. They function the same.


1. Create a new folder on your desktop in which to save your files, naming it appropriately (e.g., ANGEL Group Files). Create multiple new folders if you wish to save different types of files to different folders (e.g., a folder for Word files and a folder for PDF files).

2. Go to your ANGEL Group.

3. Click on the Manage tab.

4. Click on Group Files Manager.

5. Click Download All (the download may take a minute to start).

6. Save the file if a Save Dialog Box appears. Note where your browser normally saves downloaded files. This is typically to a Downloads folder or to your desktop.

7. Locate the downloaded Zip file (e.g., GROUP-123456-KEB.zip). Unzip it if needed. Note: A Zip file is a single file that contain compressed copies of multiple files. Look for a zipper on the file icon. Here are example images from the Macintosh and Windows operating systems:

Image of a Macintosh zipped file icon

Image of a Macintosh zipped file icon

image of a Windows zipped file icon

image of a Windows zipped file icon

8. If your downloaded file is still in Zip format, double-click on it. 

  • On a Macintosh, this will automatically create an unzipped folder that contains all the files from your ANGEL Group. Open and use this folder for Steps 10-14.
  • On Windows, this will open the zip file as if it were a folder. You should see one or more folders inside that folder, one of which is named _assoc. Use the opened zip folder for Steps 10-14.

9. Some browsers and systems automatically unzip a zipped file. If your downloaded file automatically unzipped, then you should see a folder that does not contain a zipper as part of the folder icon. If you open that folder, you should see multiple folders/files inside it. Use that folder for Steps 10-14.

10. Search for the appropriate file types:

  • On a Macintosh, in the Search field, type the file extensions of the file(s) you wish to save with a dot as the first character (e.g., .doc). Make sure you are searching only the unzipped folder.

screenshot of where to enter the file extension and search location on a Macintosh

Macintosh search example

  • On Windows, in the search field, type *.FileExtension (e.g., *.doc).

Screenshot of where to enter the file extension when searching in Windows

Windows 7 Search Example.

Note: Windows 8 and 10 folders and search fields are similar.

11. Select all the found files by clicking on any found file in the folder, then press Control-A (Windows); Command-A (Macintosh).

12. Copy all the found files by pressing Control-C (Windows); Command-C (Macintosh).

13. Open the new folder where you wish to save your files.

14. Paste the found files by clicking inside the new folder, then pressing Control-V (Windows); Command-V (Macintosh).

Repeat steps 10-14 for other types of files. Common file extensions include:

• Microsoft Word - .doc, .docx
• Microsoft PowerPoint - .ppt, .pptx
• Microsoft Excel - .xls, .xlsx
• PDF - .pdf
• Rich Text Format - .rtf

Note: For Microsoft documents, be sure to search for both file extension types. Some operating systems will find both .doc and .docx if you search for .doc; others require you to search for both individually.

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