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

    information   Information
    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.

    warning   Warning
    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.


    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





    Unzip Files from Zipped Folder in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Unzip Files from Zipped Folder in Windows 10
    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)

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


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

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    Unzip Files from Zipped Folder in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Unzip Files from Zipped Folder in Windows 10
    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)

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


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

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    Unzip Files from Zipped Folder in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Unzip Files from Zipped Folder in Windows 10
    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.






    Unzip Files from Zipped Folder in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Unzip Files from Zipped Folder in Windows 10
    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"

    Note   Note
    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"


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    Unzip Files from Zipped Folder in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE Unzip Files from Zipped Folder in Windows 10
    To Extract All Files from Zipped Folder in Command Prompt

    1. Open a command prompt.

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

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

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


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    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    06 Jun 2016 #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 ComputerSystem Spec


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       06 Jun 2016 #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 ComputersSystem Spec

  3.    06 Jun 2016 #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 ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 20,852
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       06 Jun 2016 #4

    Great news.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  5.    25 Sep 2016 #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 ComputerSystem Spec


  6. Posts : 20,852
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       25 Sep 2016 #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 ComputersSystem Spec

  7.    26 Sep 2016 #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.

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  8. Posts : 20,852
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       26 Sep 2016 #8

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


 

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