Zip or Unzip a File or Folder in Windows 7
Folders that are compressed using the Compressed (zipped) Folders feature use less drive space and can be transferred to other computers more quickly. You can work with a compressed folder and the files or programs it contains just as you would an uncompressed folder.
Please be cautious of opening .zip files from unknown mail recipients since .zip files can contain viruses. Confirm with the known sender before opening the .zip file.
Installing a different compression program to Windows may remove Compressed (zipped) Folders from the right-click menu choices and replace it with the new compression program's icon.
How To Zip a file or folder
- Select the file or folder you want to compress
- Right click and choose Send To
- Slide Right and choose Compressed (zipped) folder
- Allow the file or folder to compress
- You should now see an icon with the same name plus a .zip extension. It may have a zipper on the folder.
- Rename the file if you'd like
- This is the compressed file that you may put on the server or send via email
How To Unzip a file or folder
If you receive a Zip file, you need to uncompress or unzip the file to use it.
- Right-click on the Zip file and choose Extract All
- Choose a location for the folder to be extracted into
- If you checked "Show extracted files when complete", the files or folders within the Zip folder appear. If you unchecked the box, a folder or file with the same name (without the Zip) should appear.
- This folderwill be your working copy of the data from the Zip file.
- You may keep the Zip file or delete it.