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How to Zip and Unzip files and folders on windows 8

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This post will show you how to Zip and Unzip files and folders in Windows 8 WITHOUT installing any extra tools or software. You can install software to have more advanced options and such, and if you want to do this, I would recommend 7-Zip. 7-Zip is a free software you can download from www.filehippo.com, or www.ninite.com. If you go that route, it basically works the same as using the included WIndows software, you just use the 7-Zip option in the right click menu instead. There are other options like Winrar, but Winrar isn’t free (although you can just keep hitting not now on the licensing screen and it will let you use it forever after the trial expires), and many others just don’t have the features of 7-Zip for free.

There are several benefits to compressing files. These include reduced file size (depends on file type for how much it can be compressed), easier to download (all files download as one zipped file), copies to removable storage faster, and being able to password protect the file. You can choose the compression ratio of the folder if you have 7-Zip installed. The higher the compression ratio the smaller the file will be, but the longer it will take to compress and uncompress.

Zipping:

Step 1: Get all the files and folders you want to zip into one folder. It doesn’t matter what type of files you are zipping, you can zip any kinds together in the same folder.

Step 2: Right click on the folder, and mouse down on the list to the “Send to” option, and in the sub menu that pops up choose the option that “Compressed (zipped) folder”. This will put all the files you have selected into a zipped folder that’s in the same folder as the files you are zipping. It will by default have the name of the file that you right clicked on to create the zipped folder. I would reccomend highlighting all the files you want to zip (holding shift and using the arrow keys will highlight multiples, or drag a box around the ones you want, or holding control and hitting a will select all the files, or hold control and click on each one you want to include) and then right clicking on one to create the folder. If you right click on the folder that contains all the stuff you want to zip, then when the folder is unzipped, it will have the folder inside of it, and then the files, so it can just be a little annoying that way, but it’s just personal preference.

Step 3: That’s really about it, you can then treat the zipped folder as you would any file, you can move it to pen drives or email it, and when you want to access the files in it, just follow the directions for unzipping on windows 8.

Unzipping:

Step 1: Right click on the .zip file, and then select the option for “Extract All”. On the screen that pops up, if you just hit “Extract” at the bottom, it will extract the files to a folder in the same directory the zipped folder was, with the same name as the zipped folder. If you want to change where it goes or the name of the folder after it’s extracted, just change the path on the window that pops up.

That’s all you should have to do, all the extracted files will be in the folder you sent them to, and can be used just as normal files.

All unzzipping and zipping can be done in Windows 8 without any extra programs, so for the average user this is all you need.

If you’re interested in getting the start butto back on Windows 8, then check out my other post here:

Make sure to check out my other tutorials here at www.allhow2s.com, and I am always looking for new people to write tutorials for my site, so if you think you have something to offer, just leave a comment, or email me at how2s101@gmail.com

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