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How To Zip And Unzip Files On A Windows PC.

Zip files are simply files and/or folders that have been compressed to make them smaller. Windows 10 & Windows 11 can easily zip (compress) and unzip (uncompress) files and folders. You don’t need to install any specialist software.

How To Zip A File/Folder In Windows 10/11.

In Windows 10, right-click on the file/folder you want to zip (compress). On the options menu, hover your mouse pointer over Send To. On the Send To menu, left-click Compressed (zipped) Folder.

In Windows 11, right-click the file or folder you want to zip (compress). On the options menu, left-click Compress To Zip File.

Windows 10 options menu open. Send To and Compressed (zipped) folder options are highlighted.
Windows 10. Right-click the file/folder, hover over Send To, left click Compressed (zipped) folder.
Windows 11 options menu open and "Compress to Zip file" is highlighted.
Windows 11. Right-click the file/folder then left-click Compress to Zip file.

After The File/Folder Has Been Compressed.

When Windows compresses a file, it copies the file into a zipped folder, the folder will have the same name as your file.

When Windows compresses a folder, a duplicate folder is created, again with the same name as the original. The only visible difference is the zipper that appears on the compressed version of the folder.

A callout indicates the zipped and unzipped file in Windows 10.
The zipped file and the unzipped file in Windows 10.
A callout indicates the zipped and unzipped folder in Windows 11.
The zipped folder and the unzipped folder in Windows 11.

How Long Does It Take To Zip A File/Folder.

How long it will take to compress a file or folder depends on the type of files that you’re compressing, the size of the files in kilobytes, megabytes or even gigabytes and the general speed of your computer.

How To Unzip A File/Folder In Windows.

To unzip a file or folder in both Windows 10 and Windows 11, right-click on the file/folder, then on the options menu, left-click Extract All.

Windows 10 context menu open and the "Extract All" option is highlighted.
In Windows 10, right-click a zipped folder and then click Extract All.
Windows 11 context menu open and the "Extract All" option is highlighted.
In Windows 11, it’s exactly the same, right-click the zipped folder and then left-click Extract All.

Select A Destination And Extract Files.

After clicking the Extract All option on the context menu, you’ll see the “Extract Compressed (Zipped) Folders” screen.

To extract the files/folders to their present location, click the Extract button. This is generally what you’ll want to do.

If you’d like to have the files/folders extracted to a different location click the Browse button.

Browse button and Extract button are both highlighted.
Click the Extract button to unzip your files or click the Browse button to unzip them to a different location.

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