How to zip and unzip files in Windows 10.

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Hi! Since the beginning of computing, storage has been a concern. Indeed, we constantly handle volumes of information. Therefore, eventually space may run out. Consequently, file compression tools have always been highly sought after. This is logical, since they allow us to reduce the size of large files. However, for some time now, Windows has included an integrated tool for this task. Today we will see how to zip and unzip files in Windows 10.

How to zip files from File Explorer.

The process to compress files from Windows is very simple. In fact, just go to the directory where the item to be compressed is located. Please note that we can do this with files or folders. With this in mind, press the Win+E combination to open the file explorer. Then select the item. In case of multiple selections, you should press Ctrl while clicking with the mouse. Once the selection is made, please right-click the mouse. Next, the context menu will be displayed. Once there, scroll to Send. Finally, click on Compressed (Zipped) Folder

Selecting files to zip
Selecting files to zip

A .zip file will immediately be created in the same folder as the files. It will contain reduced copies of the previously selected files or folders. The name of the new file will match the name of the original file. In case of multiple selections, the file name will be that of the alphabetically first file. However, it is possible to modify this name.

Files zipped successfully in Windows 10.
Files zipped successfully in Windows 10.

How to unzip files in Windows 10.

There are two options to unzip the files created by us. Or in general any zip file. Let’s see:

  • Double click on the zip file. These files are interpreted by the system as another file. Therefore, it is possible to access it to rename it, move it or group it in subfolders.
Folder unzipped successfully
Folder unzipped successfully
  • Unzip the contents of the folder. It is possible to return files to their original size and move them to any location. To do this, just right-click and select extract all. Next, please select the folder where you will extract the contents of the folder.
Extracting the contents of the compressed folder.
Extracting the contents of the compressed folder.

Then click on Extract to start the process.

Finally, we have seen how to zip and unzip files in Windows 10. Please note that this method only works with zip files. Therefore, to manage rar or 7zip files, you will have to download third-party tools. However, it is a good option to compress files. Okay, that’s all for now. Remember to stop by our site for the latest Windows news. Bye!

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