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What is a Zip file extension?
The Zip archive format makes it easier to send—and back up—large files or groups of files. A Zip file is a single file containing one or more compressed files, offering an ideal way to make large files smaller and keep related files together. The most popular compression format for Windows, Zip is commonly used for emailing and sharing files over the Internet. When you receive or download a Zip file, you need a way to extract or unpack it so you can access these files. WinZip, the world’s most popular zip file opener, it is the fast and easy way to open your Zip files.
How to open Zip files
- Save the .zip file extension to the desktop. If your compressed file was downloaded from a website, it may be saved in the Downloads folder in your Documents or user directory.
- Launch WinZip from your start menu or Desktop shortcut. Open the compressed file by clicking File > Open. If your system has the compressed file extension associated with WinZip program, just double-click on the file.
- Select all the files and folders inside the compressed file. Or multi-select only the files or folders you want to open by holding the CTRL key and left-clicking on them.
- Click 1-click Unzip and choose Unzip to PC or Cloud in the WinZip toolbar under the Unzip/Share tab.
- Choose the destination folder to place the extracting files and click “Unzip” button.
- Find your extracted files in the destination folder.
Open Zip files on Windows or Mac
- WinZip 25
- Windows 10
- Windows 8
- Windows 7
- Windows Vista
- Windows XP
- Internet Explorer 8 or later
- WinZip Mac 9
- Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9, or 10.10
- Intel 64-bit processor
- Supports Apple Retina Displays
WinZip opens and extracts Zip Compressed Archive FilesвЂ”and many more formats
We designed WinZip to open and extract from the widest range of file formats, including all of the following:
- LHA and LZH
- ISO and IMG
- GZ, TAZ, and TGZ
- TZ and Z
- And Zip (of course)
Get WinZip now to open your Zip file(s), then enjoy all that the world’s most popular compression utility has to offer, including the easiest and most practical file compression, encryption, packaging, file management and data backup capabilities.
After purchase, our logo packages are sent as .zip files, which is a way to compress the files and send them all to you in one folder.
Once you download the folder, you can easily open and extract your logo files for use. The easiest way to extract your files is on a computer, as some mobile devices cannot download .zip files.
Why do we send the files in .zip format?
We send .zip files so that all of your logo assets can be sent together, without the fear of losing any clarity or resolution in the process.
To unzip your files, follow the instructions below based on your operating system:
Open the folder where you downloaded your files (this is usually your Downloads folder)
Double click the zipped folder
The file will automatically be decompressed by Archive Utility into the same folder the compressed file is in.
Open the folder where you downloaded your files (this is usually your Downloads folder)
Right-click the file folder containing your logos
In the menu, select Extract all
Select a destination file folder and click Extract
A new folder window will open up with your files fully extracted and ready to use
Open the folder where you downloaded your files (this is usually your Downloads folder)
Drag the file folder you would like to open to your desktop
Your computer should automatically extract the files, and you should have access to them
In the event that you opened the file directly from your web browser to your Windows computer, follow these steps to extract your files:
In the top menu of your file folder, click Extract all (it looks like a file folder with four squares on top)
Select a destination file folder and click Extract
If you do not have a computer, here are some instructions on how to unzip your files on your mobile device:
iPhone and iPad (iOS 11 and higher):
Before downloading your logo files to your Apple device, be sure to download the latest Files app from the App Store. Learn more about the Files app here.
Download and open your logo to your device and tap Open in Files.
You’ll be prompted to choose a location for the zip file. You’re saving a copy of the zip file to this location.
Select a location—like your iCloud Drive or a folder on your iPhone—and tap Add.
Tap the zip file in your Files app to open it.
Tap Preview Content to see the contents of the zip file.
To extract a file from the zip archive, tap the Share button and select Save to Files to save it to your files app, or tap an app to immediately send it to that app.
On your Android device, open Files by Google Files Go.
On the bottom, tap Browse Browse.
Navigate to a folder that contains a .zip file you want to de-compress.
Tap the .zip file.
The next screen shows you the content within that file.
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The ZIP file format reduces the size of files by compressing them, saving disk space, and reducing network transfer times. It also allows you to combine several files into a single one that’s easy to share with others. Here’s how to zip and unzip files on Windows 10.
How to Create a Zip File (Compressed Folder)
First, open File Explorer and locate the files or folders you’d like to compress and combine into a Zip file. Windows refers to a Zip file as a “compressed folder,” so the terms are interchangeable in this case.
We’ll be using a group of image files as an example, but you can zip any type of file.
If it’s a single file or folder you’d like to compress, right-click it and a menu will pop up. Click “Send to,” and then click “Compressed (Zipped) Folder.”
You can also select multiple files or folders in Explorer, and then follow the same steps above to compress them simultaneously.
Windows compresses the files or folders, and a new ZIP file appears in the same location as the files you’re working with. The ZIP file icon looks like a standard Windows folder with a zipper on it.
Windows then allows you to name the ZIP file whatever you want. Type a name, and then press Enter.
How to View a ZIP File’s Contents and Add Files
If you’d like to check the ZIP file’s contents, double-click it in File Explorer. The ZIP file will open much like a regular folder, and you’ll see the files inside.
You can also copy-and-paste or drag-and-drop files into this window to add them to the ZIP file. To remove individual files from the ZIP file, delete them from here. Any changes you make inside the folder will be applied to the ZIP file.
If you’re satisfied, close the ZIP file windows, and you’re set. You can copy the ZIP file to wherever you want.
It’s also possible to add more files to an existing ZIP file by opening it in explorer, and then dragging the files you want to add into the window.
How to Extract All Files from a Compressed Folder (Zip File)
If your compressed folder (ZIP file) contains many files, it’s often easiest to extract them simultaneously into a new folder. To do so, locate the Zip file you’d like to unzip/extract in Explorer. Right-click the file, and then select “Extract All” from the pop-up menu.
A dialog box appears asking where you’d like to put the files you’re extracting. If you’d like to change the location, click “Browse,” and then select a path. When you’re done, click “Extract.”
The files will extract themselves to the destination you selected, and you’ll see them in a new window.
How to Extract a Single File from a Compressed Folder (Zip File)
Using Explorer, locate the compressed folder (Zip file) from which you want to extract a file. Double-click it, and it opens like a regular folder. You’ll see either a list of files or group of icons representing the compressed files.
Locate the file you want to extract, and then drag it out of the compressed folder window to another location, such as another folder or your Desktop.
The extracted file is copied to the new location, and it will also remain in the Zip file. You can repeat this process as many times you’d like. When you’re done, just close the compressed folder window.
More Ways to Zip and Unzip
There are other ways to zip and unzip files in Windows using third-party tools, such as 7-Zip, which is one of our favorites. You can also password-protect and encrypt your Zip files while compressing them for security.
Unzip Files in Windows 10: Overview
You can easily unzip files in Windows 10. You can unzip a zipped file that appears in a File Explorer window to open its contents. To unzip files in Windows 10, display the zipped file to unzip in a File Explorer window. Then click or tap the zipped file to select it. A new “Compressed Folder Tools” contextual tab then appears within the Ribbon of the File Explorer window. Click the “Compressed Folder Tools” contextual tab in the Ribbon to view your unzipping options.
To unzip, or “extract,” all the files in a zipped file, click the “Compressed Folder Tools” contextual tab in the Ribbon. Then click the “Extract All” button in the “Extract To” button group. Doing this then opens an “Extract Compressed (Zipped) Folders” dialog box. Alternatively, you can also unzip a zipped file by right-clicking the file. Then click the “Extract all…” command in the pop-up menu that appears to open the same “Extract Compressed (Zipped) Folders” dialog box.
The current file’s folder pathway appears in the “Files will be extracted to this folder” field. To choose the destination folder, click the “Browse…” button to open a “Select a destination” dialog box. Use the dialog box to choose the folder and then click the “Select Folder” button to set the new destination folder for the extracted contents. To show the extracted files when complete, check the “Show extracted files when complete” checkbox. Then click the “Extract” button to finish.
Unzip Files in Windows 10 – Instructions- A picture of the “Extract Compressed (Zipped) Folders” dialog box in Windows 10.
You can also unzip files in Windows 10 to extract only individual files within a zipped file to locations you choose using the File Explorer window. To unzip files in Windows 10 and extract individual files to locations you choose, select the zipped file from which you only want to extract selected files within the File Explorer window. Then click the “Compressed Folder Tools” contextual tab within the Ribbon. Then double-click the zipped file in the File Explorer window to “open” the zipped file and display its contents in the File Explorer window. Doing this does not extract the zipped folder, it simply shows its contents.
Then select the individual items to extract within the File Explorer window. Then click the “Compressed Folder Tools” contextual tab in the Ribbon. Next, click a folder name in the “Extract To” button group to extract and save the selected files into that folder. To save them into a folder not shown, click the “More” button in the lower-right corner of the button group to display a “Choose location…” command. Then click this command to open a “Copy Items” dialog box. Select the folder into which to extract and save the files within the “Copy Items” dialog box. Then click the “Copy” button in the dialog box to finish.
Unzip Files in Windows 10: Instructions
- To unzip files in Windows 10, display the zipped file to unzip within a File Explorer window.
- Then click or tap the zipped file to select it.
- Then click the “Compressed Folder Tools” contextual tab within the Ribbon to view your unzipping options.
- To unzip, or “extract,” all the files in a zipped file, click the “Compressed Folder Tools” contextual tab within the Ribbon.
- Then click the “Extract All” button in the “Extract To” button group to open an “Extract Compressed (Zipped) Folders” dialog box.
- Alternatively,right-click the file.
- Then click the “Extract all…” command in the pop-up menu that appears to open the same “Extract Compressed (Zipped) Folders” dialog box.
- The current file’s folder pathway appears in the “Files will be extracted to this folder” field.
- To set a new destination folder for the extracted contents, click the “Browse…” button to open a “Select a destination” dialog box.
- Then choose the destination folder and click the “Select Folder” button.
- To show the extracted files when complete, ensure there is a checkmark in the “Show extracted files when complete” checkbox.
- Then click the “Extract” button to finish.
- To unzip files in Windows 10 and extract individual files to locations you choose, select the zipped file from which you only want to extract selected files within the File Explorer window.
- Then click the “Compressed Folder Tools” contextual tab within the Ribbon.
- Double-click the zipped file in the File Explorer window to “open” the zipped file and display its contents in the File Explorer window. Note that doing this does not extract the zipped folder, it simply shows its contents.
- Select the individual items to extract within the File Explorer window.
- To extract and save the selected files into a folder you choose, click a folder name in the “Extract To” button group of the “Compressed Folder Tools” contextual tab in the Ribbon.
- To save them into a folder not shown, click the “More” button in the lower-right corner of the button group to display a “Choose location…” command.
- Click this command to open a “Copy Items” dialog box.
- Select the folder to extract and save the files into within the “Copy Items” dialog box.
- Then click the “Copy” button in the dialog box to finish.
Unzip Files in Windows 10: Video Lesson
The following video lesson, titled “ Unzip Files in File Explorer ,” shows how to unzip files in Windows 10. To learn more about Windows 10, check out our complete Windows 10 tutorial , titled “ Mastering Windows Made Easy v.10 .”
- Zipping is a popular method for compressing files, and you can zip and unzip files on Windows 10 in several ways without installing any additional software.
- You can zip files by using Windows’ right-click menu to “send” them to a zipped folder.
- You can unzip quickly by double-clicking the zip file and dragging the individual files out to the desktop.
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Zipping is one of the oldest, most commonly used methods for compressing files. It’s used to save space and transmit them more quickly.
In fact, it’s so common that zip compression and decompression is built into Windows. Here is how to zip files, plus two methods for unzipping them.
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How to zip files in Windows 10
1. Put all the files you want to zip in the same location, such as the same folder.
2. Select all the files. An easy way to do this is to drag a selection box around them with the mouse pointer.
3. Right-click one of the selected files.
4. In the drop-down menu, choose “Send to” and then click “Compressed (zipped) folder.”
5. A new zip file will appear in the same folder. You can identify a zip file visually because the icon has a zipper on it.
How to unzip files in Windows 10 with drag-and-drop
1. Double-click the zip file you want to unzip. You can identify a zip file visually because the icon has a zipper on it.
2. The zip file will open a folder, showing you the individual files inside.
3. Select all the files, or just the ones you want to use, and drag them out of the folder to another location on your computer. You can drag them into a folder or place them on the desktop.
The files have now been unzipped and can be used normally. You can now delete the zip file, if there’s nothing left in there that you want.
How to unzip files in Windows 10 with the zip wizard
1. Right-click the zip file. In the drop-down menu, click “Extract All…” The zip wizard will appear.
2. If you want to unzip the files to a different folder, click “Browse…” and choose a location.
3. Click “Extract” and the files will be unzipped and copied to the folder indicated.
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Free file extractors for ZIP, RAR, 7Z, TAR, & other compressed formats
Free file extractor software helps you extract the one or more files contained within a compressed file, ending in extensions like ZIP, RAR, 7Z and many others. Compressing files is a very common practice to help keep downloads and backups organized and small.
These programs — commonly called zip or unzip programs — are usually small, easy to install, and support lots of common compression formats.
File extractor programs are also sometimes referred to as packer/unpacker, zipper/unzipper, or compression/decompression programs. Regardless of what they’re called, they all do the same thing — and the ones we’ve listed below do it for free!
Integrates with Windows Task Scheduler.
No built-in Mac support.
PeaZip is a free file unzipper program that can extract content from over 180 archive file formats, some of which are common and others that are lesser-known.
In addition to decompressing files, PeaZip can also create new archives in over 10 formats. These can be password-protected and encrypted with 256-bit AES encryption, as well as secured with a keyfile for added protection.
PeaZip has some advanced features, too, like scheduled archives and support for creating self-extracting files.
Reliable AES-256 encryption.
For personal or commercial use.
Heavy on system resources.
7-Zip is likely one of the most widely known file archiving and extracting software, with support for a wide range of popular file formats.
Dozens of archive file types can be opened with 7-Zip, and you can create a new archive in a few popular formats. You can also create self-extracting files in the EXE format that can be launched and extracted without using any decompression software — this is great if you’re sending an archive to someone but you aren’t sure if they have the proper software to extract files.
7-Zip integrates with Windows Explorer so that you can right-click an archive file to pull the content out.
Something else we like about 7-Zip is that it doesn’t try to install extra software or toolbars during setup. However, one downside is that there isn’t a portable 7-Zip available from the developer.
UnzipLite is another free decompressor program that’s based on the 7-Zip project, so it looks and functions nearly identical to 7-Zip.
We all keep tons of files on our computers, and one of the easiest ways to save disk space is to compress the files. Compressing comes in handy when we want to email some files, transfer the files to another computer more quickly, or when we want to backup our data. We are going to show you how to zip and unzip files in Windows 7, 8 and 10 using Windows built-in program, and we’ll mention some of the best apps you can use to compress the files you want.
How to zip and unzip files in Windows using Windows inbuilt program
How to zip files:
- First, find a file or folder you want to zip
- Right click on the file or folder, and select Send to and then click Compress (zipped) folder.
- Once the file or folder is compressed, a new .zip folder with the same name will appear.
- If you want to rename the .zip folder, right click on it, select Rename, and then type the name you want.
How to unzip files:
- Find the folder you want to unzip.
- Right click on that folder, and then select Extract All.
- Follow the given instructions
- Once the folder is uncompressed, a new file will the same name will appear.
Best file archive utilities
The easiest way to zip and unzip files in Windows is by using the method we shared above, but there are some great replacements with additional options you can download and try out.
One of the most popular file archivers is 7-zip, and it’s free. This archiver is pretty powerful and it works in Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and Windows 10. Some of its main features are high compression ratio, powerful file manager and powerful command line version, plugin for FAR manager, it supports various formats, localizations for 87 languages, and so on. If you don’t want to use the built-in program to zip and unzip files in Windows, get this one.
This is archive utility is so simple and easy to use, and same as 7-zip, it’s free. When you visit their official website, and choose to download ALZip, you will get a free serial number. This file compression program comes with a wide range of great features: unzip 40 different formats, zip files into eight different formats, check for errors in compressed files, restore corrupted files, search tools, peek files in archive, command line, and so on.
Unlike 7-zip, and ALZip, WinRAR is not free, but it is certainly one of the best file archive utilities. To use this archiver on one computer, the license will cost you $29. WinRAR supports different compression formats, it’s perfect for multimedia files, and it is fast. If you want to try it out, you can do so with the free trial version. This is an excellent option, because if you do like all its features and options, then you can get your license and use it to zip and unzip files.
Best Unzip Program for Windows
WinZip is a free file decompression utility. It allows the user to unzip files from within ZIP, and other similar archives. One of the main features of the application is that it is free. This means that anyone can use the app, regardless of their financial situation. App is also compatible with multiple operating systems. Free unzip program is also easy to use. This means that even those who have never used a document extraction tool before can use it without any issues.
- Decompress data from RAR, ZIP, and other archive
- Compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems
- Drag and drop functionality
- Can be used with multiple document formats
- Can be used with archives of unlimited size
- Has a simple and straightforward interface
Interface of this software is very simple, with a clean layout. Interface consists of a simple toolbar and a list of drives at the top with a few buttons. WinZip free version top bar contains the application name, menu, Help menu, toolbar and a status bar. Toolbar contains four buttons: Unzip Download, Extract All, Extract, Create Archive, Zip. Menu has three submenus: New and Open. Right pane displays the files and folders in the current folder and can be customized to show the archives in different formats.
Application is easy to use. Unzip app main functionality of the application is to extract the files and folders from archives. User interface is simple and straightforward. Extract All, Extract, Create Archive, Zip buttons in the toolbar provide the main functionality of the application. All the buttons are in a place where they are easy to access, and there are no unnecessary functions.
How to Install WinZip
It is the most popular and widely used compression application in the world. It is a great utility for decompressing files and it works well. WinZip application has all the features of a normal free unzip software. It is easy to use and it is powerful.
First, download the file from the download link given below. Now, you need to install WinZip utility.
- Go to Control Panel > Options > Add/Remove Programs.
- Find WinZip universal in the list and click on it to start the setup.
- Follow instructions on the screen to complete the installation.
This software is open source and free to download. It is simple to use and it is used to open compressed data. This tool can also be used to encrypt and compress. Free WinZip has a simple and user friendly interface. It is compatible with Windows operating system. It is a great utility tool to have on your machine. It has the ability to unzip files free which are larger than 4 GB. It is a great tool to complete. You can compress a single folder or a single file. It has the ability to unzip free a complete folder. You can compress a document and its sub-folder. It is a secure tool to use. You can encrypt your document using this tool.
- What is WinZip?
WinZip is a software that can unzip file and unpack ZIP and RAR.
- How does free unzip software for Windows 10 work?
Just drag and drop folders onto the icon in the menu bar, then select desired files or folders.
- What are the benefits of this tool?
This tool can help save storage space on your computer and reduce e-mail traffic by sending compressed folders that are smaller in size.
- What are the supported folders formats?
It supports many compressed and uncompressed formats, including .ZIP, .RAR, .7Z, .LZH, and .TAR.
It allows the user to extract files from within ZIP, RAR, and another archive files. Interface is simple and well-designed. It is easy to use, and the document will automatically extract. Unzip software is a good application for anyone who needs to extract data from archives.
tutorial by Daniel Parchisanu published on 12.04.2018
You may often have to work with ZIP file archives. Co-workers can send you ZIP files via e-mail. OneDrive and Google Photos download several files at once by grouping them in a ZIP file. The examples are numerous. The good news is, once you have your ZIP files downloaded to your Windows computer, you can open them and extract their contents without using third-party apps. Here is how to extract all the files or just one file from ZIP archives, using what Windows has to offer:
NOTE: This guide covers Windows 10, Windows 7, and Windows 8.1. If you do not know the version of Windows that you have, read this tutorial: What version of Windows do I have installed?.
How to extract all files and folders from a ZIP file, in Windows
The tool you need to use to work with ZIP files in Windows is File Explorer in Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 and Windows Explorer in Windows 7. The first task is to locate the ZIP file (or the compressed folder as named by Windows) in File Explorer or Windows Explorer. Right-click or tap and hold on the ZIP file and click or tap “Extract All…” in the context menu.
Windows displays an Extract window where you need to confirm or change the destination for the extracted files and folders. When you finish choosing the destination, click or tap Extract.
Windows creates a new regular uncompressed folder in the destination you provided, using the name of the ZIP file. If you left the checkbox “Show extracted files when complete” marked, a new window of File Explorer (Windows 10 or Windows 8.1) or Windows Explorer (Windows 7) opens showing what was extracted from the archive.
The extracted files and folders are now ready to be used in Windows, as regular files.
How to extract a single file from a ZIP archive, in Windows
You may decide to be selective about the files or folders that you want to extract from a ZIP file (compressed folder). First, locate the ZIP file in File Explorer (Windows 10 or Windows 8.1) or Windows Explorer (Windows 7). Double click or double tap on it, to open the ZIP file and show its content. You can browse through its subfolders until you locate the single file that you want to extract. You can see in the example below in the first window the ZIP file before it was opened with a folder icon with a zipper on it. In the second window, the ZIP file is open and it is displayed just like a folder with its name added in the address bar.
Then, open a new File Explorer/Windows Explorer window, and browse to the folder where you want to extract that file. In the compressed folder window, click or tap the file you want to extract and drag and drop it to its destination.
That’s it! The file is extracted and ready to be used. If you want to learn about using the clipboard commands to extract the files, read 5 ways to Cut, Copy and Paste in Windows keeping in mind that Windows treats the ZIP file as a folder.
NOTE: If you want to create ZIP files in Windows, read: How to create a ZIP file in Windows (with built-in tools).
Did you manage to unzip files in Windows?
Although there are alternative tools that manage ZIP files, the native features in Windows are competent and easy to use. Did you manage to unzip the files using the tools built into Windows? Let us know in a comment below, and let’s discuss.