How to Unzip Files - 5 Easy & Quick Ways

How to Unzip Files

This tutorial will show you step by step how to unzip (extract) compressed files, such as RAR, ZIP, TAR, GZ and 7Z files in few different ways using free software, online services and the built-in Windows file archiver feature.

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Unzip and open compressed files using:

What are Compressed Files?

Compressed files are files that contain one or more files or folders and have a smaller size than the original file size.

Compressed files make downloading and transferring data faster, sending by email easier and they also save storage space on a computer hard drive, usb flash drive or external hard drive.

A few common compressed file extensions are .rar, .zip, .tar, .gz and .7z.

Other extensions are b1, jar, xpi, arj, bz2, bzip2, tbz2, tbz, txz, cab, chm, chi, chq, chw, hxs, hxi, hxr, hxq, hxw, lit, cpio, deb, gzip, tgz, tpz, hfs, iso, lzh, lha, lzma, rpm, xar, z, taz, xz, dmg, cb7, cbr, cbt and cbz.

File Archivers

File archivers are programs used to compress and uncompress files.

A few popular file archivers are WinRar, WinZip, and 7-Zip.

Windows has also a file archiver built-in, but this one doesn't have any extra options.

You can also unzip files using online file archivers, like B1 Online Archiver and Unzip-Online.

How to Unzip a File in Windows 7, 8, 8.1 & 10

  1. Go to your compressed file(s).
  2. Right-click on the zipped file(s).
  3. Choose "Extract All...".
    • Unzip Files with Windows

How to Unzip a File using 7-Zip

You can download 7-Zip .

  1. Go to your compressed file(s).
  2. Right-click on the zipped file(s).
  3. Go to "7-Zip".
  4. Choose "Extract Here".
    • Unzip Files with 7-Zip

How to Unzip a File using PeaZip

You can download PeaZip .

  1. Go to your compressed file(s).
  2. Right-click on the zipped file(s).
  3. Go to "PeaZip".
  4. Choose "Extract here".
    • Unzip Files with PeaZip

How to Unzip a File Online using B1 Archiver

  1. Go to .
  2. Click on "Select archive".
  3. Go to the location on your computer where the file is you want to unzip.
  4. Select the file and click on "Open".
    • B1 will automatically extract your file. This may take a while. The amount of time it will take depends on the file size of your file and your internet connection.
  5. When it's finished, click on your file.
  6. Select a location on your computer where you want to save your file and click on "Save".

How to Unzip a File Online using Unzip-Online

Only supports ZIP and RAR files.

  1. Visit .
  2. Click on the "Uncompress files" button.
  3. Click on the "Browse" button.
  4. Go to the location on your computer where the file is you want to unzip.
  5. Select the file and click on "Open".
  6. Click on the "uncompress file" button.
    • Unzip-Online will now extract your file. This may take a while. The amount of time it will take depends on the file size of your file and your internet connection.
  7. When it's finished, click on your file.
  8. Select a location on your computer where you want to save your file and click on "Save".

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