Zipping files is an effective way to send multiple files to one person without needing to add those file individually to an email. It’s also the only way to send certain types of files that may otherwise be blocked by your email provider. Plus zipped files are typically smaller than their uncompressed counterparts.
Windows 10 makes it fairly simple to zip files, but it also provides you with the tolls necessary to unzip files as well. Our tutorial below will show you how to unzip a file that you have received using a feature that is included on your Windows 10 laptop by default.
How to Unzip Files in Windows 10
This guide assumes that you have received a file with the .zip extension from a person that you trust. Zip files can be used by spammers and other malicious individuals to send dangerous files, so it’s always best to exercise caution if you find yourself in possession of a zip file.
The first section of this guide provides a quick overview of how to unzip a file. For the full tutorial, including pictures, continue scrolling, or click this link to jump directly to that section.
- A file with the .zip file extension
- Windows 10
- Locate the .zip file to unzip.
- Right-click the file, then choose Extract All.
- Adjust the settings for the unzipped files, then click the Extract button.
This unzip method will only work for files with the .zip file extension. Other compressed archives may require third party tools like 7zip or Peazip.
Only unzip a file that you received from a trusted source. Zip files can be used for malicious purposes by dangerous people, and may cause harm to your computer.
Full Guide to Unzipping Files in Windows 10
Step 1: Locate the zipped file on your computer.
Step 2: Right-click the zip file, then choose the Extract All option.
Step 3: Click the Browse button to choose a location for the unzipped files (or use the default option shown), choose whether to show the files when they are extracted, then click the Extract button.
Unzipping the files can take a few moments if there are a lot of files, or if the files are particularly large.
Note that this only works for files with the .zip file extension. If you have a compressed file in another file format, such as .rar, then you will need to use a third-party tool to unzip that file. Some popular options include 7zip and Peazip.
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Kermit Matthews is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with more than a decade of experience writing technology guides. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science and has spent much of his professional career in IT management.
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