Windows 10 supports Zip decompression without using third-party software, which means you just need to double-click the zipped folder to access the file’s contents and open the file. However, you always want to extract all compressed files before using them.
If you do not unzip the files, you will not be able to edit and save new content in the same document, and if you are trying to install a piece of software, the installation will not start.
There are at least two ways to extract files from a compressed folder:
Use the Extract All wizard
To extract all the files from a zipped folder, do the following:
1. Right-click on the zip folder.
2. Choose Extract All from the context menu.
3. By default, the compressed files will decompress to the same location as the compressed folder, but you can click the Browse button to choose a different location.
4. Check the option Show extracted files when complete .
5. Click Extract .
Use File Explorer
To extract all or individual files from a zipped folder, do the following:
1. Double-click the compressed folder (Zip).
2. Select the file or file you want to extract.
3. Right click on your selection and click Cut .
4. Navigate to the location where you want to extract the files.
5. Right-click and select Paste .
Also, inside the zipped folder, you can select the items you want, and on the zipped tab, choose a location to extract the files. If the location is not listed, click the More button, then click the Choose location button to find the correct directory.
Do you use Windows 10 or another software to handle compressed files? Let us know your preferences in the comments.