How to Zip and Unzip Files on Windows 11?

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How do I Zip or Unzip files on Windows 11? ZIP is a popular file format that reduces the size of files by compressing them, thus saving disk space and easy to transfer files over the internet. In a single ZIP file, you can pack several files or folders that makes the file handling process easy.

Developers commonly use the ZIP format to distribute software packages. Zipping or compressing a software program saves a lot of storage space on the server and helps you download it quickly to your computer. Zip format has several benefits. Suppose you want to share a lot of images with your friend or family. You need to upload each image one by one to an email server that will take a lot of time and effort. Once you make a single ZIP archive file for all the images, you can transfer it over the network without losing the quality of the image. Zip preserves the file’s original quality, which means files/folders inside the zip file will remain in their original state. You don’t have to worry about the quality of images or other file formats.

A lot of freeware applications are available over the internet to zip or unzip, for instance, Ashampoo ZIP Free, RAR Opener, and more. However, in this gearupwindows article, we will guide you to zip or unzip files on Windows 11 without a third-party app. Windows 11 has native support of ZIP files, which means there is no need to download any software to operate the zip file.

How do I Create a Zip File (Compressed Folder) on Windows 11?

Microsoft refers to a Zip file as a Compressed Folder, so that you can also call a zip file to a compressed folder. Suppose you have several images on your hard disk, and you want to make a single zip file to share with someone else or save it as a backup on your external HDD/SSD.

If you want to zip a single file or compile several files in a zip file, the process is the same. Please select the file(s) for that you want to create a single zip file and then right-click on it.

Select Show more options to see the classic context menu.

Now, from the available context menu options, select Send to and then click on the Compressed (zipped) folder option.

Windows will compress or zip the file(s) or folder(s), and a new ZIP file will appear 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. It also allows you to name ZIP files whatever you want. Type a name, and then press Enter from the keyboard.

Using the above method, you can create a zip/compressed file for several files and folders according to your needs.

How to View a ZIP File’s Contents on Windows 11?

Viewing the content of the zip file is quite easy. Double-click on the zip/compressed file to see the content inside it. Now, double-click on the file inside the zip file to open that with the associated program on your PC.

How to Add Files to Compressed Folder on Windows 11?

Once you have created a zip file and later you want to add another file (s) under that compressed folder, it is possible. To do that, double-click on the zip file to view its contents. Now drag your desired file/folder to opened compressed folder.

Now, you can close the compressed folder. No more action is required. The file you have dragged towards the zip file is copied into that.

How to Delete File From Compressed Folder on Windows 11?

Suppose you would like to remove any file from the ZIP file, double-click on the zip file to view its contents. Select the file inside and then click on the Delete icon from the toolbar. The selected file is removed from the compressed folder.

How to Extract Single File from a Compressed Folder (Zip File)?

Extracting a single file from a compressed folder (zip file) is quite easy. Just open the compressed folder by double-clicking on it and select the desired file that you want to extract. Now, drag it to the desired location.

How to Extract All Files or Folders from a Compressed Folder (Zip File)?

To extract all files or folders from a compressed folder, right-click on the zip file and select Extract all option.

In the dialog box that appears, click on the Browse button to select the desired location where you want to keep the extracted files, and then click on the Extract button.

Above are the ways to handle zip files on your Windows 11 PC.

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