ZIP is the most popular file compression format. Creating a compressed .zip archive is very simple, as is extracting or uncompressing files from within such an archive.
Native Windows Zip
Windows comes with a native compression and extraction tool already installed.
Compressing Using Windows Zip
To zip or compress, all you need to do is
Windows will create a new zip archive named by default after the last file or folder selected.
However, you are then immediately given the chance to rename the zip file according to your liking.
Uncompressing Using Windows Zip
To uncompress or extract files from a zip archive,
Alternatively, you can
Instead of the native Windows Zip, I like to use 7-Zip for all my archiving and data compression needs.
7-Zip is an excellent program that is free, open-source and portable. These three facts alone make it the best archival software available.
But 7-Zip is also extremely easy to use.
Open Zip Archives with 7-Zip
Obviously, 7-Zip can open any zip file regardless of what program was used to create the zip file.
Or, if you have 7-Zip set as the default program to open zip files, then just
Associate 7-Zip with Archived and Compressed Files
To set 7-Zip as your default program for opening all kinds of archived and compressed data, go to
From this point on, whenever you double-click an archive, 7-Zip will be the program to open it.
Add Items to Zip Archive
To add an item to an already existing zip file, just open the zip file with 7-Zip and
7-Zip will ask for your confirmation to copy the selected file(s) and/or folder(s) to the archive.
Extract Items from Zip Archive
To extract one or more items from a zip archive, simply open the zip file in 7-Zip,
7-Zip will ask for the location where the extracted file should be placed.
Select the correct
Encrypt and Password-Protect Zip Archives
You can also use 7-Zip to encrypt and password-protect your zip archives.
Read my previous post to learn more about this topic.
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