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Bext 3 Ways to Unzip or Extract Files on Windows 11

Using the File Explorer is the easiest way to unzip files

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ZIP files are a popular way to compress and share files. They can reduce the file size of files by up to 80%, depending on the type of files being compressed, and this can save disk space and make it easier to transfer files over the internet. However, before you can use these files, you need to know how to unzip or extract the files on Windows 11.

In this guide, we will walk you through various methods to unzip files on your Windows 11 device so that you can properly use these files. If this sounds good to you, stay with us till the end.

1. Use the File Explorer

All Windows versions come with a file management program called File Explorer. This program can be used to browse your computer’s files and directories and take different actions on them, including copying, moving, deleting, and renaming. You can also use this program to extract files by following the steps below.

  1. Press Windows + E to open the File Explorer.
  2. Navigate to the folder containing the zip file.
  3. Right-click on the file, and choose the Extract All option.
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  4. Click the Browse button, and choose a location where you want to place the extracted files (Optional).
  5. Lastly, click the  Extract button, and your files will be extracted to the chosen location.
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  6. Doing this will help extract the chosen files.
  7. If you would like to unzip only one file from a zip folder, follow the steps below.

1.1 Unzip a single file using File Explorer

  1. Press Windows + E to open the File Explorer.
  2. Navigate to the folder containing the zip file, and double-click on it to open.
  3. Choose the files you need and copy them.
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  4. Go back and create a new folder in the same destination, then paste the files there.
  5. Doing this will help you extract specific files from a zipped folder.

2. Make use of the Powershell

PowerShell is a task-based command-line shell and scripting language developed by Microsoft. It is used for system administration, configuration management, and automation. You can also use this feature to extract files by following the steps below.

  1. Open the Run dialogue by holding the Windows +R keys simultaneously, type powershell in the text field, then press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open powershell as an administrator.
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  2. Once you are in the PowerShell, input the command below and hit Enter.
    Expand-Archive -LiteralPath PATH\TO\ZIP -DestinationPath PATH\TO\DESTINATION
  3. Ensure to add the destination where you want the files to be extracted. For example, the command below extracts the files to the Download folders.
    Expand-Archive -LiteralPath C:\Users\m__la\Downloads\wordpress.zip -DestinationPath C:\Users\m__la\Downloads
  4. Once this command is implemented, the extracted files will be sent to the specified location.

3. Make use of the Command Prompt

The Command Prompt is a text-based user interface that allows you to interact with the Windows operating system by typing commands. It can also be used to unzip files by inputting some commands. The steps below will show you how to use this tool to extract files.

  1. Navigate to the folder where the zip file is located, click on the address bar at the top, input cmd, and hit Enter. This will open the command prompt in the same window.
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  2. Once you are in the command prompt, input the command below and hit Enter. Ensure to replace filename with the actual name of the file.
    tar -xf filename.zip
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  3. Doing this will help unzip the folder in the same location.

Final Thoughts

The methods outlined in this guide will help you unzip or extract files on your Windows 11 devices without having to install any third-party software. If you would also like to know how to delete junk files on your Windows device, or you seek ways to restore permanently deleted files, visit the linked articles.

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