How to Unzip a Compressed Folder

By Brandon Pierce

To save space and facilitate downloading time, many files on the Internet are compressed. Before they can be used, they must be uncompressed into their original form. This is not a difficult task.

Things You'll Need

  • Decompression software (native to Windows XP and Vista)

Step 1

Navigate to the folder where your compressed file is located and right-click. A pop-up menu will appear on the screen.

Step 2

Look for the "Extract all" option. Click on this with the left mouse button. A new window will appear in the middle of the screen.

Step 3

Either enter a folder that you wish the file to be extracted to, or use the browse button to choose an existing folder. Choose the "Extract" option at the bottom of the window.

Step 4

Your file will be extracted into the folder indicated. It is now ready to use.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use compression yourself just as easily. Right-click any file or folder and mouse over the "Send to" option. By selecting "Compressed file," Windows will zip your files into a compact package.

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