How to Play RAR Files

By Daniel Ketchum

Have you ever downloaded an audio or video file you wanted to play, only to find that it was something called RAR file that you couldn't play? This problem is easy to handle. RAR files are not video or audio files, but a compressed version of a file. There may well be a playable format inside, but first you need to uncompress the file. The best tool for uncompressing a RAR file is WinRAR.

Step 1

Download WinRAR from the Internet and install it to your computer.

Step 2

Go to the location of the RAR file containing the media file you want to play. Right-click on it and select "Open with WinRAR." The WinRAR window will now open up.

Step 3

Click on the "Extract To" icon, and in the dialog that opens, name the location you want to save the file to (the default location is the same folder you saved the RAR file to.) Then click "OK." The program will now extract your file, which might take some time if the file is large or your system is slow. Once the file is extracted, you will be able to play it.

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