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This quick tutorial explains how to open zip files on Windows with 7-Zip. Scroll down the page to read the step-by-step guidelines. There is also a video tutorial at the bottom of this article for a visual explanation.
About ZIP Files and 7-Zip
A ZIP file is a compressed file that typically includes an archived collection of many files in one.
For example, you may combine 5 files and compress them into 1 individual file. You could then email this file conveniently instead of sending the 5 files separately. Plus, “zipping” files saves space on your computer and lets you set passwords on your files for extra protection.
7-Zip is an open-source program that helps you compress files as ZIP files and other compression formats. Furthermore, the application has other useful features, such as file password protection and encryption.
Tutorial: How to Open ZIP Files on Windows with 7-Zip
First, you need to have the 7-Zip application installed on your computer. To download the app, go to the 7-Zip website and choose either the 32-bit or 64-bit version. Then, follow the guidelines below.
- Locate the ZIP file that you want to open on your hard drive.
- Right-click the ZIP file to bring up the menu.
- In the menu, go to 7-Zip and select Extract files.
- Select the file location that you want to save the extracted files to. For instance, saving the file to your Desktop is recommended for easy access.
- Click OK.
- Finally, the files will be extracted to your saved location.
Now you should be able to successfully access your extracted files.
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