Zipping and Unzipping Files On Your PC File Management

Zipping a file creates a compressed version of the file that is considerably smaller than the original file. The zipped version of the file has a .zip file extension.

This guide will help you to understand:

How to Zip a File/Folder

To create a .zip file:

  1. Right-click a file or folder.

  1. In the shortcut menu, Click either Add to Zip file, Add to Archive, or Send to.
  2. Select Compressed (Zipped) Folder.

  1. The .zip file will show up in the same location as the file or folder you are zipping.

How to Unzip a Zipped Folder

To unzip a file:

  1. Right-click the .zip file
  2. In the shortcut menu, Click Extract All.

  1. A pop-up window will come up asking where you want the unzipped file to go.
  2. Select Browse.
  3. Choose any location on your computer.

  1. Click Extract and your files will be converted back to their original format.

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