How do I open a zip file without WinRAR?

Answered by Michael Wilson

Opening a zip file without WinRAR or WinZip is actually quite simple. Windows 7, 8, and 10 have built-in functionality to handle zip files. Here are the step-by-step instructions to open a zip file using the native Windows tools:

1. Locate the zip file you want to extract. It might be on your desktop or in a specific folder. Double-click on the zip file to open it.

2. By default, Windows will open the zip file using the File Explorer. You will see the contents of the zip file displayed in the File Explorer window.

3. At the top of the File Explorer window, you will find a menu called “Compressed Folder Tools.” Click on it to reveal a drop-down menu.

4. In the drop-down menu, you will see various options related to zip files. Select the “Extract” option, which is usually the first option in the list. Alternatively, you can also right-click on the zip file and choose the “Extract All” option from the context menu.

5. A new window will pop up, allowing you to choose the destination folder where you want to extract the contents of the zip file. You can either select an existing folder or create a new one. Once you have selected the destination folder, click on the “Extract” button.

6. Windows will begin extracting the files from the zip file and place them in the chosen destination folder. The progress of the extraction will be displayed on the screen.

7. Once the extraction is complete, you can navigate to the destination folder and access the extracted files. They will be in the same format and structure as they were in the original zip file.

That’s it! You have successfully opened a zip file without using WinRAR or WinZip. Windows’ built-in functionality is sufficient for most basic zip file operations.

It’s worth noting that while the native Windows tools are great for simple zip file operations, they may not offer advanced features and compression options like third-party software such as WinRAR or WinZip. If you frequently work with zip files and require additional functionality, you may consider installing one of these dedicated zip file management tools.

I hope this explanation was detailed enough and helps you open zip files without any issues. If you have any further questions or need additional assistance, feel free to ask!