How to Zip and Unzip Files on Windows 11?

Zip is still a thing to compress files to save space or share content with others over the internet, and here’s how to use the feature on Windows 11. On Windows 11, “zip” is perhaps one of the most common containers to compress files. Usually, you would use zip support to archive non-essential files, compress files to save space on the hard drive, or send pictures and documents over the internet through an email service. 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.

This file format is the container of choice for sharing files (such as applications and documents) on the web or through File Transfer Protocol (FTP) servers. If you don’t want to use a third-party files compression tool to zip or unzip your files, you can directly use the Windows 11 built-in zip tool to do the same job. Windows 11 has native support for ZIP files, so downloading any software to operate the zip file is no need. This risewindows article will show you how to Zip and Unzip Files on Windows 11.

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

Here, Microsoft refers to a Zip file as a Compressed Folder so that you can call a zip file a compressed folder. For example, 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.

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

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

After that, Windows will compress or zip the file(s) or folder(s), and a new ZIP file will appear in the exact location of the files you’re working with. Next, 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. Then, type a name, and then press Enter from the keyboard.

Also, 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?

It is pretty easy to view the content of the zip file. Then, 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. For that, double-click on the zip file to view its contents. After that, drag your desired file/folder to opened compressed folder.

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

How to Delete File From Compressed Folder on Windows 11?

Imagine you would like to remove any file from the ZIP file, then double-click on the zip file to view its contents. Afterward, select the file inside and click on the Delete icon from the toolbar. The selected file will remove from the compressed folder.

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

You can easily extract a single file from a compressed folder (zip file). First, open the compressed folder by double-clicking it and selecting the desired file you want to extract. Then, drag it to the desired location.

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

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

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.

After you complete the steps, the folder with all the extracted files should open automatically on the screen.

That’s it for the article.

I hope this post will be helpful to you.

Good luck & keep reading, guys.

Also, read How to Enable “Do Not Disturb” on Windows 11 to Stop Notifications?

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