How To Open Zip Files in Windows 7

Written by: Oliver Krautscheid - Published: Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Opening zip file is quite easy in windows 7 but make sure you have a software like winZIP, 7zip or winRAR.
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Make sure to open WinRAR from winrar.com or download 7zip from 7zip.org. Both programs are capable of opening RAR files. Install one of them on your PC.

Steps to Open ZIP files in Windows 7

1. Step First you have to located your zip file. Here I have a zip file named as “test.zip” on my desktop.

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2. Step Now double click on it. Your file will open in default compressing software that you have installed earlier. Here my default one is “WinRAR”.

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3. Step Now in menu bar, click Commands >> Extract to the specified folder or just click ‘Extract To / Extract’ icon in toolbar.

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4. Step Now, specify the location where you want to extract your files. In my case, I have specified ‘Desktop’. And click OK.

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5. Step Now when you located the folder/path you have just specified, you will see the extracted files/folders. Notice, the folder I have just extracted in the desktop. That’s all!
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Conclusion

The steps for extracting either zip or rar file is same.


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Written by: Oliver Krautscheid
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