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How Do I Use 7-Zip

March 09, 2015  |  Difficulty: Easy

create and open a 7-Zip

As was mentioned in the article on installing the 7-Zip application and opening 7-Zip files, this freeware archiver software is similar to RAR or ZIP. It is popular because it is an open source application that can also be used even for business purposes. So, if you would like to use this free archiver for making compressed files and folders, read the instructions below to learn how to create and open a 7-Zip compressed folder or file.

Using 7-Zip for creating compressed files:

  1. Launch the 7-Zip application – 7-Zip File Manager.
  2. In Windows® Explorer, find the folder or select the files you want to compress into the 7-Zip archive. Select multiple files by holding the “Ctrl” key on your keyboard and clicking on the different file names.
  3. Click on the “Add” button on the main navigation bar.
  4. In the opened settings, you can name the archive and change the archive’s parameters (Recommendation is to leave it at its default settings).
  5. Click on the “OK” button.
  6. The file with a “7z” extension is created in the root folder.

How to open the 7-Zip archive:

  1. Launch the 7-Zip application – 7-Zip File Manager.
  2. Select the “7z” file you want to open and decompress.
  3. Click on the “Extract” button on the main navigation bar.
  4. Specify the location where you want to unpack the content of the 7-Zip file and click on the “OK” button.


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