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How to Zip and Unzip Files in Windows 10

You can zip and unzip files in Windows 10 without any zipping software such as WinZip, WinRAR, and 7-Zip. Let's see how to do it.

How to Create a Zip File in Windows 10

You can do this task in three different ways. Pick the one you prefer. Let's see how to zip a file.

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    Select the file(s) and/or folder(s) you wish to zip.
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    Right-click on it. Hover the mouse over "Send to." Now, you can see "Compressed (zipped) folder" option.
Compressed (zipped) folder option
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    Click on it.
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    Now, you can see a new zip file which asks you to change or confirm the suggested file name.
Zip file asking you to change or confirm the suggested name
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    If you wish to keep the suggested file name, press "Enter." Otherwise, provide a new name and then press "Enter."
Changed the name of zip file

That is all. You have created the zip file successfully.

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    Select the file(s) and/or folder(s) and then click on "Share" tab in the File Explorer Ribbon.
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    Now, you can see "Zip" option.
Zip option
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    Click on it.
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    It asks you to change or confirm the suggested file name. Do the one you want.
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    Right-click on the location where the file(s) and/or folder(s) you wish to zip is located and then hover your mouse over "New."
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    Now, click on "Compressed (zipped) Folder."
Compressed (zipped) folder option showing after hovering mouse over New
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    Like the previous methods, it asks you to change or confirm the name it suggests. Change it or keep it.
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    Select all the file(s) and/or folder(s) you want to zip. Now, drag and drop all those into the zip file you have created.

That is all. The zip file is successfully created with the file(s) and/or folder(s) you want.

Note:

You can add content(s) to a zip file at any time you want, and it is a simple task.

Drag and drop the content(s) into the zip file. That is all.

How to Open a Zip File

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    Locate the zip file and then double-click on it.
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    Now, you may see a popup which prompts you to choose which app you wish to use for opening the zip file.
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    Select the "File Explorer."
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    Check "Always use this app to open .zip files" option if you wish to always open zip files using File Explorer.
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    Click on "OK" button in the popup.
File Explorer is selected to open zip file

Now, you can see the content(s) of the zip file.

Zip file contents

How to Unzip Files in Windows 10

You can unzip entire zip file or its content selectively. Let's see how to do both of these tasks.

Unzip Selective Content from a Zip File

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    Locate the zip file and then open it.
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    Now, select the content(s) and then cut it.
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    Go to the location you want and paste the content(s) you copied there.

Unzip Enitre Zip File

You can unzip entire zip file in two ways and here are they:

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    Locate and right-click the zip file.
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    Select "Extract All" option.
Extract All option
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    In the popup, choose the location where you want to unzip. Unselect "Show extracted files when complete" if you do not want to see the content(s) of the zip file after unzipping.
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    Click on "Extract" button.
Extract Compressed (Zipped) Folders popup
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    Locate and select the zip file.
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    Click on "Extract" tab in the Ribbon.
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    Click on "Extract all" option.
Extract All option in the Extract tab in Ribbon
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    Now, you can see the popup where you can choose where you want to unzip and after unzipping you want the content(s) of the zip file to be shown or not.
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    Click "Extract" button.
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    That is all. All is done.

Note: After the unzip, you can delete zip file if you wish.

I hope that the information in this post is useful for you to zip and unzip files in Windows 10 without WinZip (and software like that).

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