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How to Zip and Unzip Files in Windows 10 without WinZip Software

In order to compress files/folders into a ZIP file or extract files from a ZIP archive in Windows 10, people tend to use software like WinZip or 7-Zip. Actually, Windows systems come with built-in Compressed Folder Tools so that users can compress and uncompress files/folders even without WinZip or any other outside zip tools installed. Now this page will show you how to zip and unzip files in Windows 10 without WinZip software.


Part 1: How to ZIP files in Windows 10 without WinZip

I will introduce three different ways to create ZIP file in Windows 10.

Way 1: by sending to compressed folder

Right click on the file or folder that you want to compress into a ZIP file, from the context menu point to Send to, and select Compressed (zipped) folder.

Send to compressed folder

Tips: If you want to ZIP multiply files/folders together, you need to individually click on the files/folders while holding on the Ctrl key on your keyboard to select all the files, right click on any one selection, and then select Send to -> Compressed (zipped) folder from the context menu.

Way 2: from File Explorer

Step 1: Open Windows 10 File Explorer. Locate the file(s) or folder(s) you want to zip, and select it/them.

Step 2: Select the Share tab and then click on the ZIP button. Compressed Folder Tools will compress the selected file(s) and folder(s) into a ZIP file in the same location. You can rename the ZIP file or accept the suggested name.

Click on ZIP button in the Share tab

Way 3: by dragging files into existing zip file

Step 1: Right click on Windows 10 desktop, from the context menu point to New and then select Compressed (zipped) folder to create a new zipped folder.

create a new zipped folder

Step 2: Rename the new zipped folder or hit Enter to accept the suggested name.

Step 3: Drag the file(s) and folder(s) you want to zip into the new compressed (zipped) folder. Similarly, you can drag files or folders into any one existing zipped folder.

Part 2: How to unzip files in Windows 10 without WinZip

Step 1: Right click on the .zip file you want to unzip, and then from the context menu select Extract All.

Extract All

Step 2: In the "Extract Compressed (Zipped) Folders" dialog, select one destination to save the extracted files, keep Show extracted files when complete checked, and then click Extract. Then it will display an extraction progress dialog box.

Click Extract

Step 3: When the progress is 100%, it will show you the extracted files in the folder you just specified in step 2.

Above is how compressed folder tools help zip and unzip files in Windows 10 without using WinZip software. The built-in tool is only for compression file of ZIP file form, but can’t apply to RAR format. Learn more option to extract RAR file, see How to Unrar RAR Archive File with WinRAR/WinZIP/7-ZIP.