How to zip and unzip files on Windows 11

How to zip and unzip files on Windows 11

09:48 AM March 04, 2024

Zipping files allowed millions to reduce file sizes and send and receive numerous documents more easily. The feature has existed for decades, and it continues in the latest Windows versions after all these years. However, many don’t know how to revert or unzip files, leading to many inconveniences worldwide.

Fortunately, zipping and unzipping files has never been simpler as Windows 11 lets you do it in a few clicks. Also, you may do it with other features and third-party applications.

How to zip files on Windows 11

How to zip and unzip files on Windows 11
  1. Find the file or folder you want to turn into your zip file. 
  2. Click and hold or right-click the file or folder you want.
  3. Then, click the Send to button.
  4. Choose the Compressed (zipped) folder option. 

These steps came from the Microsoft support page, and they will create a new zipped folder of your files and folders.


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You may put a different name by clicking and holding or right-clicking the zipped folder. Then, pick the Rename option and type the new name.

How to unzip files on Windows 11

How to zip and unzip files on Windows 11

The zip function has been a long-standing feature, so it has made its way into the latest version of Windows. Still, how do you return ZIP files to normal?

That process is called extracting or unzipping, and Microsoft’s operating system offers many ways detailed in the MakeUseOf website. Here’s the quickest method:

  1. Right-click on your desired file or folder.
  2. Next, click the Extract All option.
  3. Click the Browse button to specify the location where you want to extract the ZIP file’s contents. 
  4. Then, click Extract to confirm.

Another is to use File Explorer, the built-in program for organizing digital files:

  1. Press the Windows and the E key to open File Explorer. 
  2. Then, search and choose the ZIP object you want to unzip.
  3. Click the Extract All option from the top toolbar.
  4. Choose where you’ll put the extracted files and click the Extract button.

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You can also extract a specific file from a ZIP folder via File Explorer:

  1. Double-click your ZIP file to see the contents.
  2. Right-click the file you want to extract.
  3. Next, select the Cut or Copy option from the context menu.
  4. Choose a destination folder where you want to extract files.
  5. Afterward, click the Paste button from the top toolbar.

You may also download third-party software to make and extract ZIP files. However, ensure you download safe ones to avoid viruses and malware. Learn more digital tips at Inquirer Tech. 

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