Unzip Files from Zipped Folder in Windows 10  

    Unzip Files from Zipped Folder in Windows 10

    Unzip Files from Zipped Folder in Windows 10

    How to Unzip (extract) Files from a Zipped Folder in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Customization
    11 Aug 2022
    Designer Media Ltd

    How to Unzip (extract) Files from a Zipped Folder in Windows 10


    You can zip (compress) a file so that it takes up less space. This makes it easier to email or move the file. You can also zip multiple files into a single compressed folder. This makes it easier to share a group of files. To open a file that has been zipped, you need to unzip (extract) it first.

    This tutorial will show you different ways on how to unzip (extract) files from a zipped folder in Windows 10.

    If you zip or add EFS encrypted files to a zipped compressed folder, the encrypted files will no longer be encrypted in the ZIP folder or after they’re extracted from the ZIP folder.


    For a Windows 11 version of this tutorial, see:

    Unzip (extract) Files from ZIP Folder in Windows 11



    Contents

    • Option One: To Extract All Files from Zipped Folder using Context Menu
    • Option Two: To Extract All Files from Zipped Folder using File Explorer Ribbon
    • Option Three: To Extract a Specific File or Files from Zipped Folder
    • Option Four: To Extract All Files from Zipped Folder in PowerShell
    • Option Five: To Extract All Files from Zipped Folder in Command Prompt






    OPTION ONE

    To Extract All Files from Zipped Folder using Context Menu


    1 Right click or press and hold on the zipped folder, and click/tap on Extract All. (see screenshot below)

    Unzip Files from Zipped Folder in Windows 10-zip_extract_all_context_menu.png

    2 Browse to the folder location where you want to extract all contents in the zipped folder to, check or uncheck the Show extracted files when complete for what you want, and click/tap on Extract. (see screenshot below)

    The default location will be the same location as the zipped folder.


    Unzip Files from Zipped Folder in Windows 10-zip_extract_all-2.png

    3 The files will now be extracted. (see screenshot below)

    Unzip Files from Zipped Folder in Windows 10-zip_extract_all-3.png






    OPTION TWO

    To Extract All Files from Zipped Folder using File Explorer Ribbon


    1 Open the zipped folder, click/tap on the "Compressed Folder Tools" Manage tab, and click/tap on the Extract all icon. (see screenshot below)

    Unzip Files from Zipped Folder in Windows 10-zip_extract_all-1.png

    2 Browse to the folder location where you want to extract all contents in the zipped folder to, check or uncheck the Show extracted files when complete for what you want, and click/tap on Extract. (see screenshot below)

    The default location will be the same location as the zipped folder.


    Unzip Files from Zipped Folder in Windows 10-zip_extract_all-2.png

    3 The files will now be extracted. (see screenshot below)

    Unzip Files from Zipped Folder in Windows 10-zip_extract_all-3.png






    OPTION THREE

    To Extract a Specific File or Files from Zipped Folder


    1 Open the zipped folder.

    2 Drag or copy the item(s) from the zipped folder to a new location.






    OPTION FOUR

    To Extract All Files from Zipped Folder in PowerShell


    1 Open PowerShell.

    2 Type the command below into PowerShell, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    Expand-Archive -Path "Full path of ZIP" -DestinationPath "Full path of folder to extract all"

    Substitute Full path of ZIP in the command above with the actual full path of the .zip file.

    Substitute Full path of folder to extract all in the command above with the actual full path of the folder you want to extract all contents of the .zip file to.

    For example: Expand-Archive -Path "C:\Users\Tuffy\Desktop\test.zip" -DestinationPath "C:\Users\Tuffy\Desktop"


    Unzip Files from Zipped Folder in Windows 10-unzip_powershell.png






    OPTION FIVE

    To Extract All Files from Zipped Folder in Command Prompt


    This option will not work if the ZIP file name has a space in it.


    1 Open a command prompt.

    2 Type the command below into the command prompt, and press Enter.

    PowerShell -Command "Expand-Archive -LiteralPath 'Full path of ZIP' -DestinationPath 'Full path of folder to extract all'"

    Substitute Full path of ZIP in the command above with the actual full path of the .zip file.

    Substitute Full path of folder to extract all in the command above with the actual full path of the folder you want to extract all contents of the .zip file to.

    For example: PowerShell -Command "Expand-Archive -LiteralPath 'C:\Users\Tuffy\Desktop\test.zip' -DestinationPath 'C:\Users\Tuffy\Desktop'"



    That's it,
    Shawn Brink






  1. Posts : 26
    windows 10 build 14332
       #1

    Thanx for your very usefull tutorial. Your site is a reference for my Windows 10 stuff learning!!
    But I have a question here.
    In the Option Two, there is a series of suggested folders and a Extract Here option grayed. It would be quicker to select the folder to unzip from there than from the Extract All option. Why are they always grayed!?
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 68,906
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Hello netuno, :)

    The suggested folders will be grayed out until a file is selected in the opened .zip file.

    Are you able to "Extract all" from the context menu? If not, then please post a screenshot showing the ribbon icon grayed out to see what the issue may be.
      My Computers


  3. Posts : 26
    windows 10 build 14332
       #3

    Thanx for your answer Brink! I saw it now. The folder turn selectable after a chose a file as you have said.
    And yes, my context menu has the Extract All option!!
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 68,906
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Great news.
      My Computers


  5. Posts : 162
    Windows 10
       #5

    Something didn`t work


    I followed the instructions for option 2 (I hope) but when I tried to install the specific file to the computer
    I got a red dialogue box saying "The system cannot find the file specified".I`ve tried 2 or 3 times with the same result
    what have I missed?
      My Computer


  6. Posts : 68,906
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Hello Terry, :)

    When you got the error message, was it for the location that the Browse window opened to? If so, you should be able to continue to Browse and select another location to extract to.

    Are you able to do any of the other options to extract all files from the ZIP?
      My Computers


  7. Posts : 162
    Windows 10
       #7

    The files are in the folder I selected in option 2 so I`m not sure why they won`t install.
    I tried option 1 but I don`t get the same diolgue box as in your screenshot, I`ve (hopefully)
    attached a screenshot of the one I get with a right click.Click and hold doesn`t work either.

    Unzip Files from Zipped Folder in Windows 10-2016-09-26.png
    Last edited by Brink; 26 Sep 2016 at 13:57. Reason: Attached your uploaded image
      My Computer


  8. Posts : 68,906
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Are you able to drag and drop the folder in the ZIP to your desktop to extract it?
      My Computers


 

Tutorial Categories

Unzip Files from Zipped Folder in Windows 10 Tutorial Index Network & Sharing Instalation and Upgrade Browsers and Email General Tips Gaming Customization Apps and Features Virtualization BSOD System Security User Accounts Hardware and Drivers Updates and Activation Backup and Restore Performance and Maintenance Mixed Reality Phone


  Related Discussions
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:19.
Find Us




Windows 10 Forums