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Tutorial Installing and Extracting ZIP Files

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7 Zip Tutorial #1– Basic Tutorial Isntalling and Extracting ZIP Files

Nowadays, the use of compressed or “zip” files is very popular not only for saving HDD space but also for sending and receiving files, so everybody needs a program to handle those archives. 7-Zip is a strong general-purpose free compression app for Windows-based machines and today I’m going to tell you how to install the 7 Zip program and how to extract a compressed file.

First of all we need to get the program installer, to get it for free just click on the big “Download” button on top of this page. No matters which web browser you use, locate and run the installer it should be named 7ZIP:38.exe. Probably you will receive a security warning like this, just click “Run” and follow the instructions. The InstallIQ installer will take care of the rest.

OK, now that you have your 7 Zip installed and ready to go I can tell you that there are two ways of extracting a compressed file: The first is to open the 7 Zip File Manager by going to Start > All Programs > 7 Zip > / Zip File Manager (this path may vary depending if your OS is Windows XP, Vista or 7) and clicking on it.

With the 7 Zip File Manager open just browse your HDD or folder till you find the file you want to unpack. 7 Zip can unpack a comprehensive list of formats including the most popular ones like CAB, ISO, ZIP, MSI, RAR, 7z, TAR and Z, and other not so popular like XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, WIMARJ, CHM, CPIO, CramFS, DEB, DMG, FAT, HFS, LZH, LZMA, MBR, NSIS, NTFS, RPM, SquashFS, UDF, VHD, WIM, XAR. So, going back to our tutorial, if you have found the file just select it by clicking on it and clicking on the “Extract” button you can find under the menu bar.

When you click on that button you get a window where you can select the place where the files will be extracted and a couple of parameters more which can perfectly be left in the default settings. Browse to the destination folder and click OK.

After that a progress bar will appear and when the unpacking is done the File Manager will automatically close it.

Now you can browse the new folder and see the unpacked files in there.

The second way of unpacking files is even easier because we will use the context menus of the regular Windows Explorer. Just browse to the file you want to unpack and right click on it, on the popup menu select 7 Zip.

As you can see in the above screen capture you have three options: you can “Extract files...” which means that the same extract window with all the options that we had before will appear (whenever you see the “...” in a context menu it means that a window or a dialogue box will open), the second option is “Extract Here” which will just do what it claims with no options and finally we have “Extract to “Name Of File”” which will extract the content of the archive in a new folder named after the archive.

In all cases the same progress window appears and when it is done, voilà!! Your files are unpacked and placed where you wanted them to go.

Final Words

Using 7 Zip to unpack or decompress files is dead easy, neither complicated parameters to adjust nor intricate procedures to follow just a straightforward and simple task. If you decide to install 7 Zip now you’ll find a “download now” link right below these lines. Just download, install and go, it’ll take you only a couple of minutes. 7 Zip is a really handy and solid piece of freeware.

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