Unzipping a Compressed File
Because it comes up so often in the world of software, we wanted to make sure you knew how to properly unzip a zipped file. Zipping is a compression strategy that allows you to bundle many files together—and it’s indispensable for sending executables and other program files over the net.
If you have a zipped file, you’ll know it by its extension (.zip) and its icon (a zipped manila folder). We’re now going to show you how to unzip a zipped file in Windows.
- Right-click the zipped icon.
- Click “Extract All.”
- A window will pop up asking you where you want to extract the files to.
We recommend just using the default location. But do check the box for “Show extracted files when complete.” Click the [Extract]button.
- When the unzipping process is finished, your decompressed file will appear in the directory you specified.
This file is now ready to use.