How to Unzip a Zip Folder

By Richard Kalinowski

Zip folders are a compressed file that saves space on your computer. A zipped folder full of various items is more easily stored and transferred between computers than dozens of loose files. However, before you can start actually using items in a zip folder, you must unzip it. The process may seem confusing for a first-time PC user, but it only takes a few seconds if you approach the task using the right steps.

Step 1

Right-click on the zip folder you want to unzip. If you aren't sure where you saved the file, click on the "Start" menu and type the folder's name in the "Search programs and files box."

Step 2

Click the "Extract All" option.

Step 3

Click "Browse" if you want to specify a location for the unzipped folder. If you do not click "Browse," the files will unzip to the same directory as the original zip folder.

Step 4

Click "Extract." A progress bar appears on screen, and you are provided with an "estimated time left" during the unzipping process. Once completed, the unzipped folder opens in a new window, and you can begin working with the files contained inside your newly uncompressed folder.