One of the best ways to share multiple files at once is to zip them into a folder. Not only does compressing multiple files in a folder make it easier to transfer files, but it also helps you save storage space. By compressing a file, you can compress the original size of the file and bundle all the files together. Since there is no data loss in the process, this is the “lossless data compression” option.

In the past, if you received a ZIP file on your PC, you had to rely on a third-party tool to open it. One of the most popular third-party tools was WinZip. But, if you have a Windows 10 or 11 PC, you can easily compress and decompress a ZIP file. Here’s how to do it without any third-party apps:

Unzip a File Using File Explorer

Windows File Explorer provides a convenient way to access files and locations on your PC. Using File Explorer, you can also open a ZIP file. Here’s how:

Step 1: Click the Start button and type File Explorer to search for the app.

2nd step: From the results, click on the File Explorer app to open it.

Step 3: Navigate to the ZIP file using the locations directory on the left side of File Explorer.

Step 4: Right click on the ZIP file to launch a menu.

Step 5: In the options, click Open with Windows Explorer.

Step 6: At the top of the File Explorer ribbon, click Extract All to open a window.

Step 7: In the window, select a destination for the unzipped files by clicking Browse.

Step 8: Click Extract after selecting your file destination.

Your files should now be easily accessible in a new folder, in a location of your choice.

Unzip a File Using Command Prompt

You can use the command prompt to unzip a file on your PC. To do this, enter the correct instructions in the command line and execute it. Here’s how:

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Step 1: Click the Start button and type File Explorer to search for the app.

2nd step: From the results, click on the File Explorer app to open it.

Step 3: Navigate to the ZIP file using the locations directory on the left side of File Explorer.

Step 4: Click on the ZIP file, then click on the address bar showing the directory of your file.

Step 5: Type ordered in the address bar and press Enter to launch the command prompt.

Step 6: When the Command Prompt window appears, enter the following and press Enter.

tar -xf filename.ZIP

The ‘filename’ should be the actual name of your ZIP folder. If your filename contains spaces, enclose the name in quotes, i.e. tar -xf “file name.ZIP” in the command.

Step 7: Press Enter on your keyboard to run the command.

The unzipped files should now be in the same location as the zip file.

Unzip a file using PowerShell

PowerShell works similar to the Command Prompt in that you can enter commands to initiate certain tasks. Here’s how to unzip a file on Windows 11 using PowerShell.

Step 1: Click the Start button and type File Explorer to search for the app.

2nd step: From the results, click on the File Explorer app to open it.

Step 3: Navigate to the ZIP file using the locations directory on the left side of File Explorer.

Step 4: Click on the ZIP file and on the ribbon at the top of File Explorer, click Copy Path.

Step 5: Click the Start button and type PowerShell to search for the app.

Step 6: In the results, click Run as administrator next to the PowerShell application to open it.

Step 7: In the PowerShell application, type the following:

Expand-Archive -Path

Step 8: Paste the path copied from file explorer after the command. Press Enter on your keyboard to run the command.

Extract text from images in Windows 11

Besides using built-in features and apps on Windows 11 to open ZIP files, you can also extract text from images. You can do this using a built-in app like OneNote or an external app like Google Drive.

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