Zip and Unzip a File/Folder on a Windows Computer

Learn how to zip/unzip a file so that you can gain all of the documents in one folder instead of downloading each individual file.

When you want to zip/unzip a file so you can gain all of the documents in one folder instead of downloading each individual file, this is a tutorial to help you do just that.

Instructions

Step 1: How to Zip a File

1. Save the documents on your desktop to place into the folder/file you want to zip.

2. Right-click and hold to highlight the two files you want to place into the folder/file you want to zip. Once you highlight the files, click and drag it into the folder, it will automatically be placed into the folder/file for you.

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3. Right-click the new folder/file that you are going to zip. Select send to, then compressed zip folder. The folder/file then becomes zipped with the same exact name and the same location that you saved it on. (Generally saving to the desktop will work best)

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Step 2: How to Unzip a file

1. Right-click the folder and highlight extract all

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2. Click on Extract all and a window should pop up saying Select a Destination and Extract Files. Choose the location you would like to extract the files in.

3. Select Extract and it will extract the files within the zipped folder. You can double-click on the files within the zipped file to see what the files are.

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More Information

  • When creating a folder to zip files, the desktop is the easiest place to access the files for the folder/file you are going to zip.
  • When extracting files from an unzipped folder, the easiest place to access the files would be the desktop. You can keep the files within the unzipped folder, or you can create a new folder with the files you just extracted.

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