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

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

RAR is a proprietary archive file format that supports data compression, error correction and file spanning. A RAR file may contain one or more files or folders that may have been compressed.

Steps

1. Open your web browser.

2. Go to 7-zip.org.

3. Download 7-Zip. 7-Zip is a well-known free and open-source program. 7-Zip can extract (open) RAR files, but you cannot create RAR files with 7-Zip.

Download 7-Zip

4. Open the 7-Zip installation file you've just downloaded.

Open 7-Zip installer

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

An installation window will open.

6. Click on Install.

Install 7-Zip

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

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

Close 7-Zip installer

8. You can close your web browser now.

9. Open File Explorer.

Open File Explorer

10. Go to the RAR file you want to open.

11. Right-click on the RAR file.

12. Click on Show more options.

Open a RAR file in Windows 11

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

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

Open a RAR file in Windows 11 using 7-Zip

7-Zip will unzip the RAR file.



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