In Windows 11, the ZIP file format compresses data and makes files smaller, speeding up file transfer and saving disk space. You can also use ZIP compression to combine multiple files into one compact package. Here’s how to zip and unzip files in Windows 11.
How to make a zip file in Windows 11
First, using File Explorer, locate the file (or files) that you would like to compress or combine into a ZIP file. This technique also works with files on your desktop. Before you zip, know that if you zip folders, their internal folder structure will be preserved when they are unzipped later.
If you want to compress a group of files or folders, select them by dragging the mouse cursor over them using the selection rectangle and then right-click on the group. If it is a single file, right click on it. In the menu that appears, select “Compress to ZIP file”.
After a moment, your ZIP file will appear in the same folder as the source files you just compressed. The name of the ZIP file will be highlighted, allowing you to type whatever name you want. Enter a new file name or leave the default name in place. When you’re ready, press Enter.
And that’s it! Pretty simple. Now that you have a ZIP file, you can copy or share it like any other type of file.
How to extract a zip file in Windows 11
Extracting (unzipping) ZIP files in Windows 11 is as easy as compressing them. First, find the ZIP file you want to extract in the File Browser . Then right-click on the file and select “Extract All” from the menu.
In the “Extract Compressed (Zip) Folders” window that appears, you will see the current file path as the default location for unzipped files. If you want to change the location where the files will be extracted, click “Browse” and then navigate to the desired drive or folder.
If you want to see the extracted files in File Explorer when the process is complete, check the box next to “Show extracted files when complete.” When you’re done with those options, click “Extract.”
The compressed files in the ZIP archive will now be extracted to the chosen location. If you have checked “Show extracted files when complete”, that location will open as a new window in File Explorer. Repeat as needed. Happy zipper!
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