How to Unzip Any File for Free

By G.S. Jackson

Copying a large number of documents or other files from your computer and sharing them with your boss, a co-worker or someone at school or in your home can be tedious. Downloading many files not only takes time but it also can result in errors because you forgot to send a file or you sent some files twice. A more efficient solution is to zip multiple files into one archive. To open a zipped archive, you'll need a software application that can handle the job. A few free programs exist that make unzipping archived files quick and easy.

7-Zip

Step 1

Download and install the 7-Zip package (link in Resources).

Step 2

Right-click the "7-Zip" icon on your desktop and select "Run as Administrator." The 7-Zip window opens.

Step 3

Click "Tools" and then click "Options."

Step 4

Click the "System" tab in the Options window. Click the "OK" button. Zip files are now associated with 7-Zip.

Step 5

Navigate to the zipped archive on your computer and double-click its icon. 7-Zip will automatically unzip it.

ExtractNow

Step 1

Download the ExtractNow executable file (link in Resources).

Step 2

Double-click the downloaded file to launch the application.

Step 3

Click the "Settings" button, then click the "Drag & Drop" tab.

Step 4

Check the "Automatically Extract Dropped Archives" option. Click "Apply."

Step 5

Drag the archives that you want to unzip into the main ExtractNow window and the files will automatically unzip.

ALZip

Step 1

Download and install the AlZip program (link in Resources).

Step 2

Click "File" and select "Open Archive" to bring up a dialog window.

Step 3

Select the archive zip file you want to open and click "Open."

Step 4

Click the "Extract" button. The Extract dialog window opens.

Step 5

Select a destination for the unzipped files and click "OK." AlZip extracts the files to the specified directory.

Tips & Warnings

  • The Extractor is a freeware that works well on all current Windows.