How to Zip and Unzip Files in Windows 10

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to zip and unzip files when Windows 10.

Zipped files are compressed files which take up less storage space on the systems. They can also be easy to transfer to other computers more quickly than uncompressed files.

When working in Windows, you zipped or compressed files can be handled and manipulate the same way you would do with uncompressed files.

You can combine several files and folders inside an unzipped folder. The same can be said of zipped files.

To add files or folders to an unzipped folder, simply drag and drop the file into the folder. To add files or folders to a zipped folder you created earlier, drag them to the zipped folder.

To get started with managing zip and unzip files, please continue below.

To zip (compress) files

To zip or compress a file, simply follow the steps below:

  1. Locate the file or folder that you want to zip.
  2. Press and hold (or right-click) the file or folder, select (or point to) Send to, and then select Compressed (zipped) folder.

    A new zipped folder with the same name is created in the same location. If you wish to rename the zipped file, simply right-click it and select Rename. Then type a new name.

To unzip (extract) files

To unzip (extract) files or folders from a zipped folder, simply follow the steps below:

  1. Locate the zipped folder that you want to unzip (extract) files or folders from.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • To unzip a single file or folder, open the zipped folder, then drag the file or folder from the zipped folder to a new location.
    • To unzip all the contents of the zipped folder, press and hold (or right-click) the folder, select Extract All, and then follow the instructions.

That should do it.


This post showed you how to zip or unzip files when using Windows 10. If you find any error above, please use the form below to report.