How to Unzip Files on Windows 10

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By Victor Ashiedu

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This Itechguide teaches you how to unzip files on Windows 10. The guide covers steps for 3 methods to unzip files on Windows 10.

Option 1: Unzip Files from File Explorer

This section covers 2 methods to unzip a file. Here they are…

Method 1: Unzip a File from the Context Menu

  • Open the folder the zip file is saved, right-click it and select Extract All. The Extract Compressed (Zipped) Folders wizard will launch.
How to Unzip Files on Windows 10 from File Explorer - Unzip a File from the Context Menu
  • On the first screen of the wizard, you can change the location to extract the zip file. You can also change the name of the unzipped folder.
  • If you want the unzipped folder to open after unzipping, leave the Show extracted files when complete checkbox. Otherwise, uncheck the checkbox.
  • To unzip the file, on the bottom right of the wizard, click Extract.
How to Unzip Files on Windows 10 from File Explorer - Unzip a File from the Context Menu
  • If you left the Show extracted files when complete checkbox checked, the unzipped folder will open. Otherwise, to open the folder, navigate to where you extracted it to and open it.
How to Unzip Files on Windows 10 from File Explorer - Unzip a File from the Context Menu

Method 2: Unzip a Zip File from File Explorer Compressed Folder Tools

Here is another method to unzip a file on Windows 10…

  • Open the folder the zip file is saved and highlight it (click it once).
How to Unzip Files on Windows 10 from File Explorer - Unzip a Zip File from File Explorer Compressed Folder Tools
  • Once you highlight the zip file, a 3rd tab (Compressed Folder Tools) will become available on the File Explorer ribbon. Above the Compressed Folder Tools ribbon, click Extract. The Extract ribbon will expand.
How to Unzip Files on Windows 10 from File Explorer - Unzip a Zip File from File Explorer Compressed Folder Tools
  • On the top right of the expanded ribbon, click Extract All.
  • When the Extract Compressed (Zipped) Folders wizard launches, on the bottom right, click Extract.
  • The file will unzip and the unzipped folder will open automatically.

Option 2: Unzip Files with PowerShell

  • Type powershell in the Windows 10 search box. Then, from the search results, click Windows PowerShell.
How to Unzip Files on Windows 10 with PowerShell
  • On the PowerShell prompt, type the Expand-Archive command in the format below and press enter.
Expand-Archive -Path "Full path of the zip file" -DestinationPath "Full path of folder to extract the zip file"
  • Here is an example command to unzip a zip file called reports. The file is located in C:\G-Drive-P\. The command will unzip the file to the report-file folder located in C:\G-Drive-P\Reports
Expand-Archive -Path C:\G-Drive-P\reports.zip -DestinationPath C:\G-Drive-P\Reports
  • Here is the command in PowerShell. When the command completes the unzipping, the folder in the DestinationPath will open automatically.

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Victor is the founder of InfoPress Media, publishers of Ilifeguides and Itechguides. With 20+ years of experience in IT infrastructure, his expertise spans Windows, Linux, and DevOps. Explore his contributions on Itechguides.com for insightful how-to guides and product reviews.

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