How to open a ZIP archive file
In order to reduce file size for emailing or archival, digital files and folders can be compressed into a single archival file (also known as a compressed folder). Various compression formats exist of which ZIP, 7z, and RAR are some of the most commonly used. Windows has built-in supporter for ZIP compression and decompression.
- Locate the compressed folder (or .zip file) that you want to extract files or folders from.
- Do one of the following:
- To extract a single file or folder, double-click the compressed folder (or .zip file) to open it. Then, drag the file or folder from the compressed folder to a new location.
- To extract the entire contents of the compressed folder (or .zip file), right-click the folder, click Extract All, and then follow the instructions.
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