7-Zip is a free and open-source file archiver that can create and extract compressed files in various formats. It is one of the most popular and widely used tools for file compression and decompression. In this article, we will show you how to use 7-Zip to compress and extract files on Windows 10.
How to Compress Files with 7-Zip
Compressing files with 7-Zip can reduce their size and save disk space. It can also make it easier to share files via email or cloud storage. To compress files with 7-Zip, follow these steps:
Download and install 7-Zip from https://www.7-zip.org/.
Select the files or folders you want to compress and right-click on them.
Choose 7-Zip from the context menu and then select Add to archive.
In the Add to Archive window, you can choose the archive format, compression level, encryption options, and other settings.
Click OK to start compressing the files.
The compressed file will be created in the same location as the original files with the extension .7z or .zip depending on the format you chose.
How to Extract Files with 7-Zip
Extracting files with 7-Zip can restore them to their original state and allow you to access their contents. To extract files with 7-Zip, follow these steps:
Locate the compressed file you want to extract and right-click on it.
Choose 7-Zip from the context menu and then select Extract Here or Extract to .
The extracted files will be placed in the same location as the compressed file or in a new folder with the same name as the compressed file.
7-Zip is a powerful and versatile tool that can help you compress and extract files in various formats. It is easy to use and has many features and options to customize your compression and extraction tasks. If you are looking for a free and reliable file archiver, you should give 7-Zip a try.
How to Compare Files with 7-Zip
7-Zip can also help you compare files and folders and find the differences between them. This can be useful for checking the integrity of files or verifying backups. To compare files or folders with 7-Zip, follow these steps:
Select the files or folders you want to compare and right-click on them.
Choose 7-Zip from the context menu and then select Compare.
A new window will open showing the comparison results. You can see the size, date, attributes, and CRC of each file or folder. You can also see the status of each file or folder, such as Same, Newer, Older, Different, or Missing.
You can use the toolbar buttons to copy, move, delete, or synchronize the files or folders.
How to Split and Merge Files with 7-Zip
7-Zip can also help you split and merge large files into smaller pieces. This can be useful for transferring files over a network or storing them on removable media. To split and merge files with 7-Zip, follow these steps:
To split a file, right-click on it and choose 7-Zip from the context menu and then select Split File.
In the Split File window, you can choose the size of each piece and the destination folder.
Click OK to start splitting the file. The pieces will be created with the extension .001, .002, etc.
To merge a file, right-click on the first piece and choose 7-Zip from the context menu and then select Combine Files.
In the Combine Files window, you can choose the destination folder for the merged file.
Click OK to start merging the file. The merged file will have the same name as the original file without the extension.