Often when you download a file from the Internet it will be compressed in a .zip format. This file must be extracted, or uncompressed so that you can use the files/folder within.

In this tutorial we will show you how to extract a file using 7-Zip.

You will need 7-Zip installed for this tutorial, it is a free open-source archiving software that is available online, and can be downloaded here.

How to Extract a File:

  1. Open the 7-Zip File Manager.
  2. Navigate to the file you want to extract.
  3. Click the file, then click the Extract button. In my tests I am extracting a zipped zen-cart file.
    selecting file then extract button in 7-zip
  4. An Extract window will pop up, click the button next to the Extract to field. 
    choosing where you want the file output to go
    Choose where you want the file to be extracted to, then click the OK button. In my tests I am choosing an folder called extract here on my Desktop.
    choosing where to unzip the file
  5. Click the OK button on the Extract window.
    unzipping the file
    An Extracting window will popup.
    in the process of extracting a file in 7-zip
    When it reaches 100% the window will close, and your file will be extracted to the location you selected.


Congratulations, now you know how to extract a file using 7-Zip!


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