How to zip a file in Windows 10

It doesn’t take much for your hard drive to become cluttered or disorganized. With family photos, large documents, or other files, you can quickly run out of storage. A practical space-saving and organizing solution is to archive some of these files by “zipping” them. 

Zipping a file isn’t unique to Windows 10. Many computer systems allow you to archive documents, but depending on the program you have, it might work differently.

ZIP a single file

How to zip a file in Windows 10

If you have a single file that is taking up a lot of storage space, such as videos, this method may be for you. Zipping the file will reduce its overall size and make it easier to handle along with the rest of your data. Here’s how you can get started.

Step 1: Locate File Explorer on the Windows 10 taskbar (the folder icon).

Step 2: Locate the file you want to compress.

Step 3: Right-click on the file.

Step 4: Select Send To on the menu.

Step 5: Select Compressed (Zipped) Folder in the next menu.

Step 6: Rename your new ZIP file, and press the Enter key.

ZIP multiple files

How to zip a file in Windows 10

This method is useful for cramming multiple files in one neat package and can make sending large files easier as well as freeing up unused disk space that you can use more productively.

Step 1: Locate File Explorer on the Windows 10 taskbar (the folder icon).

Step 2: Locate the files you want to add to a single ZIP file.

Step 3: Select all files by holding down the mouse button and dragging the pointer across the screen. Your mouse will create a blue selection box. All files within this box are highlighted with a light blue color.

Step 4: Release the mouse button and right-click on the light- highlighted files.

Step 5: Select Send To on the menu.

Step 6: Select Compressed (Zipped) Folder in the next menu.

Step 7: Rename your new ZIP file, and press the Enter key.

ZIP an entire folder

How to zip a file in Windows 10

If you want to compress multiple files in a single folder, this is the method you choose. When unpacked, all files will unload in a folder created during the compression process.

Step 1: Locate File Explorer on the Windows 10 taskbar (the folder icon).

Step 2: Locate the folder you want to add to a single ZIP file.

Step 3: Right-click on the folder.

Step 4: Select Send To on the menu.

Step 5: Select Compressed (Zipped) Folder in the next menu.

Step 6: Rename your new ZIP file and press the Enter key.

Unpack a ZIP file

How to zip a file in Windows 10

Knowing how to zip a file is only half the battle; you also need to know how to unzip it. Windows 10 zips files using lossless compression algorithms that compress files while retaining all the original information. This involves recognizing patterns in the file and recoding it to mitigate repetitions. Follow these steps to unzip ZIP files:

Step 1: Go to File Explorer on the Windows 10 taskbar (the folder icon).

Step 2: Locate the file you want to zip.

Step 3: Right-click on the file.

Step 4: Select Extract All from the menu.

Step 5: Another screen will pop up where you can choose the location for Windows 10 to unload the files by clicking Browse.

Step 5: Once you’ve selected the location, click Select Folder.

Step 6: Lastly, click Extract.

Windows 10 will decompress the file and return it back to its original size by scanning it and replacing the repetitive information that was removed during zipping. Now your file is unzipped and ready to use.

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