The ZIP file format reduces the size of files by compressing them, saving disk space and reducing network transfer time. You can also combine multiple files into one file that you can easily share with others. Here's how to zip and unzip files on Windows 1
Create a zip file (zipped folder)
First open the file explorer and find the files or folders you want to compress and combine into a zip file. Windows refers to a zip file as a "compressed folder", so the terms are interchangeable in this case.
We use a group of image files as an example, but you can zip any type of file. 
If it is one file or folder you want to compress, right click on it and a menu will appear. Click on "Send to" and then click on "Compressed (zipped) folder".
You can also select multiple files or folders in File Explorer and then follow the same steps above to compress them at the same time.
Windows compresses the files or folders and a new ZIP file appears in the same location as the files you are working with. The ZIP file icon looks like a standard Windows folder with a zipper on it.
With Windows, you can name the ZIP file whatever you want. Type a name, then press Enter.
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How to View the Contents of a ZIP file and add files
To check the contents of the ZIP file, double-click it in File Explorer. The ZIP file opens just like a regular folder and you can see the files in it.
You can also copy and paste or drag and drop files into this window to add them to the ZIP file. To remove individual files from the ZIP file, delete them from here. Any changes you make to the folder will be applied to the ZIP file.
If you are satisfied, close the ZIP file windows and you are set up. You can copy the ZIP file to wherever you want.
It is also possible to add more files to an existing ZIP file by opening it in File Explorer and then dragging the files you want to add to the window.
Extract all files from a zipped folder (zip file)
If your zipped folder (ZIP file) contains many files, it is often easiest to extract them to a new folder at the same time. To do this, find the zip file you want to extract / extract in Explorer. Right-click on the file and then select "Extract All" from the pop-up menu.
A dialog box appears asking where you want to place the files you want to extract. If you want to change the location, click & # 39; Browse & # 39; and select a path. When you are done, click "Extract".
The files will be automatically extracted to the destination you selected and you will see them in a new window.
Extract a single file from a zipped folder (zip file)
Search the zipped folder with Explorer (zip- file) from which you want to extract a file. Double click on it and it will open as a regular folder. You will see a list of files or a group of icons representing the compressed files.
Locate the file you want to extract and drag it from the zipped folder window to another location, such as another folder or your desktop.
The extracted file is copied to the new location and will remain in the zip file. You can repeat this process as many times as you want. When you're done, just close the zipped folder window.
More ways to zip and extract
There are other ways to zip and extract files in Windows with third-party tools, such as 7-Zip, which is one of our favorites. You can also password protect and encrypt your Zip files while compressing them for security.
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