How to open (unzip) a 7z file on Windows 11 (step by step)

This tutorial will show you step by step how to open (unzip) a 7z file on Windows 11.

7z is a compressed archive file format that supports several different data compression, encryption and pre-processing algorithms. A 7z file may contain one or more files or folders that may have been compressed.


1. Open your web browser.

2. Go to

3. Download 7-Zip. 7-Zip is a well-known free and open-source program.

Download 7-Zip

4. Open the downloaded installation file.

Open 7-Zip installer

5. If a “User Account Control” window appears, you click on Yes.

A small installation window will appear.

6. Click on the Install button.

Install 7-Zip

The 7-Zip installer will now install 7-Zip on your PC.

7. When the installation is complete, you click on the Close button.

Close 7-Zip installer

8. You can close your web browser now.

9. Open File Explorer (Windows Explorer).

Open File Explorer

10. Go to the 7z file you want to open.

11. Right-click on the 7z file.

12. Click on Show more options.

Open a 7z file in Windows 11

13. Move your mouse cursor (pointer) to 7-Zip.

14. Click on Extract Here or Extract to "...".

Open a 7z file in Windows 11 using 7-Zip

7-Zip will unzip the 7z file.


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