How to compress and decompress files in Windows 11


Microsoft introduces zipper and unzip functionality in the Windows in 1998 and this tool is still a savior for users who want to store large files and save memory simultaneously. The zip function is perhaps widely used to save files and documents.

In the latest iteration of Microsoft’s popular operating system — Windows 11 – zip file format compresses and makes files smaller and speeds up file transfer, which saves disk space. The zip compression feature can be used to combine multiple files into one compact file.


Launch File Explorer and locate the files you want to compress into a zip file


Click the New menu button in the command bar and select the Compressed Folder option


Create a name for the zipped folder and hit enter


Now select the files and folders you want to compress


Right click on the selection and select the Cut option


Double click on the newly created zip folder


Click the Paste button on the command bar

After completing the steps, you will end up zipping the files into the .zip container which contains all the files you zipped.


Open the folder containing the zipped folder


Click the Extract All button on the command bar


Click the Browse button and select the location where you want to store your extracted files.


Click the Show extracted files when done option.


Click the Extract button

Extract all files individually

  1. Launch File Explorer
  2. Open the folder containing the zipped folder
  3. Select the .zip folder
  4. Select the files you want to extract
  5. Click the Cut option in the command bar
  6. Open the location to extract the files
  7. Click Paste options in the command bar

Repeat the steps to extract other files.



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