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How to unzip files on Chromebook?

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Chromebooks are great devices if all you need to do is access the internet and use Google services. They work well for basic computing tasks but that’s about all you can do. If you just need to do basic computing, they offer great value. 

That said, storage space is often at a premium when it comes to Chromebooks so you might find yourself compressing files to save space. In this article, we’re talking about how to unzip files on a Chromebook. 

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Unzipping files on a Chromebook

Chromebooks running ChromeOS 101 or newer can directly unzip ISO, TAR, RAR and ZIP files. Follow these steps to extract files from a compressed archive. 

Step 1: Double-click your archive to see the files inside and select the ones you want to extract. 

Step 2: Right-click on one of the selected files and click Copy. 

Step 3: Navigate to the directory you want to store your files in, right-click in an empty space and click Paste. 

All the selected files will now be moved over to the target directory. Do keep in mind that if the archive is encrypted, you will have to enter the password before the files can be extracted. 

How to create an archive in a Chromebook?

If you want to create your own archives on a Chromebook, follow these steps. 

Step 1: Select the files you want to archive.

Step 2: Right-click one of the selected files and then click Zip selection. 

All the selected files will now be transferred into an archive named If you’re archiving a folder, the archive will have the same name as the folder you just compressed. You can later rename the archive by right-clicking it and selecting the Archive option. 

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Yadullah Abidi

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: