How to zip and unzip files in Windows 10 using the built-in feature

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I’m sure you’ve heard of it ZIP files. It is a compressed file format that can be used to compress and compress one or more files or folders together, to save disk space because it is smaller in size. It is one of the most common file formats that allows you to compress files to save hard drive space, store rarely used files, send documents and images by email or facilitate their transfer or sharing on the network. You can also compress them in zip format to make them available for download on websites or via FTP servers.

In this article, we will walk you through the simple steps to compress and decompress files and save the storage to your computer’s hard drive, using the built-in ZIP functionality.

How to compress decompressed files in Windows 10

To compress files in Windows 10 using the built-in function:

  1. Open File Explorer and navigate to the file (s) and / or folder (s) you wish to compress in .zip format.
  2. Press the right click and select all the desired elements.
  3. A blue selection rectangle appears.
  4. Right click on it and select Send to> Compressed folder (zipped)
  5. The .zip file will be created.

Name it as required, and you have finished compressing the selected files to save the hard drive storage.

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How to decompress files in Windows 10

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To decompress files in Windows 10, follow this step by step procedure:

  1. Locate the compressed folder that you want to decompress.
  2. Right click on it and click on the Extract all option.
  3. By default, the path would be the same location as the zipped folder. But you can change the destination by clicking on the Browse button.
  4. Then click on Extract and the files will be decompressed to the selected destination.

By following these procedures, you will be able to compress and decompress files in Windows 10.

If you use third-party file compression software like 7-Zip, you can optionally turn off built-in support for Windows Zip.

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