How to Zip or Unzip Files in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users how to zip or unzip files and folders when Windows 11.

The just released preview of Windows 11 comes with many new and cool features that also have a new user desktop, including centered Start menu and taskbar, rounded corners windows, themes and colors that will make any Windows look and feel modern.

One legacy feature that is also included is zipping and unzipping or compressing and uncompressing files and folders. When files are compressed, they take less storage space and are easy to transfer to other computers more quickly than uncompressed files.

When working in Windows, your zipped or compressed files can be handled and manipulate the same way you would do with uncompressed files. You can combine several files and folders inside an unzipped folder. The same can be said of zipped files.

Also, when you’re a student and new user and you want to learn how to use Windows, the easiest place to start is Windows 11. Windows 11 is a major release of the Windows NT operating system developed by Microsoft. Windows 11 is the successor to Windows 10 and it’s expected to be released later this year.

To get started with managing zip and unzip files, please continue below.

To add files or folders to a unzipped folder, simply drag and drop the file into the folder. To add files or folders to a zipped folder you created earlier, drag them to the zipped folder.

How to zip or compress files in Windows 11

To zip or compress a file, simply browse and locate the file or folder that you want to zip. Press and hold (or right-click) the file or folder, select (or point to) select Compress to ZIP file as highlighted below.

You cannot zip or compress an empty folder.

A new zipped folder with the same name is created in the same location of you don’ change the name. If you wish to rename the zipped file, simply right-click it and select Rename. Then type a new name.

How to unzip or uncompress files in Windows 11

To unzip uncompress files or folders from a zipped or compressed folder, simply follow the steps below:

Again, browse and locate the zipped folder that you want to unzip (extract) files or folders from. To unzip a single file or folder, open the zipped folder, then drag the file or folder from the zipped folder to a new location.

To unzip all the contents of the zipped folder, press and hold (or right-click) the folder, select Extract All, and then follow the instructions.

Choose the destination to extract the zipped content. The default destination is the same folder the zipped folder in stored. The default setting to “Show extracted files when complete” is checked.

When you’re ready click Extract button at the bottom right.

That should do it.


This post showed you how to zip or unzip files when using Windows 11. If you find any error above, please use the form below to report.

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