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How to extract Zip files on Windows?

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Microsoft has fine-tuned Windows into the well-optimised, easy-to-use operating system it is today over decades of variations and updates. However, with hundreds if not thousands of different file types floating around the internet and in and out of PCs, it’s nearly impossible to build support for all of them right in the operating system.

However, over time, Microsoft has done a good job adding support for many commonly used files that weren’t natively supported in previous Windows versions. In this article, we’re talking about how you can extract Zip files on Windows. 

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Extracting Zip files on Windows

Extracting Zip files on Windows is a rather easy task. Here’s what you need to do. 

Step 1: Navigate to the folder your archive is located in, right-click it and select Extract All.

Step 2: Windows will now ask you where you want to save the extracted files. Click the Browse button to change the default path, and when you’re done, click Extract. You can also leave the Show extracted files when the complete checkbox is checked to open the target folder when the extraction is complete automatically. 

Depending on your archive’s size, it can take a while to extract. Once done, Windows will either automatically open up the folder with the extracted files (if you selected the aforementioned option), or you can find it yourself in your chosen path. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: [email protected].