In computer-speak, a “zip file” refers to a file that’s been compressed.
When files are compressed, it’s much easier to download, transfer, and store them. Whenever you want to access a zip file, you have to unzip it. For Windows 10 users, this is fairly simple to do.
Unzip files using Windows 10
- Select the .zip file, right-click and select “Extract All...” from the menu
- Select the location where you want the file to be extracted
- Check the box that reads “Show extracted files when complete,” then click “Extract”
In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll go over how to zip and unzip files on a Windows 10 computer.
How to zip and unzip files in Windows 10
Knowing how to zip and unzip files is useful for when you’re trying to store or transfer multiple large files at once. By zipping, or compressing, them you save storage space, reduce transmission time, and have the option to encrypt the files to keep them safe.
To start, let’s walk through how to zip files first.
To zip files:
Open file explorer and select all of the files you’d like to compress.
Step 1: Right-click the files to open a new menu
Hover your mouse over any open area while the files are selected. To open a new menu, simply right-click.
Step 2: Hover mouse over “Send to” and select “Compressed folder”
With the menu open, hover over the selection that reads “Send to.” This will auto-populate a new menu where you must then select “Compressed (zipped) folder”.
This will automatically create a new zipped folder with your files inside. We will use this folder to move on to the next example for how to unzip the files.
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To unzip files:
Now that you have a zipped folder to work with, let’s go over how to unzip the files inside.
Step 1: Select the .zip file, right-click and select “Extract All...”
When you right-click the file, a new menu will pop up. Next, click “Extract All...”
Step 2: Select the location where you want the file to be extracted
On this screen, you can either manually enter where you want the file to go, or click on “Browse…” to open up file explorer and find it.
Step 3: Check the box that reads “Show extracted files when complete” and click “Extract”
By checking the box at the bottom, you ensure that the next screen will bring you directly to your newly extracted file.
Once you click “Extract”, you’re done!
Having the ability to quickly zip and unzip files is one of many useful features available to users on Windows 10. With this guide in your back pocket, you now can compress or extract files with a few simple keystrokes.