General Unzip (extract) Files from ZIP Folder in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to unzip (extract) files from a zipped folder in Windows 11.

Zipped (compressed) files take up less storage space and can be transferred to other computers more quickly than uncompressed files. In Windows, you work with zipped files and folders in the same way that you work with uncompressed files and folders. Combine several files into a single zipped folder to more easily share a group of files.

Reference:

Starting with Windows 11 version 22H2 KB5030310 Build 22621.2361, Microsoft adds native support for reading additional archive file formats using the libarchive open-source project such as:
  • .tar
  • .tar.gz
  • .tar.bz2
  • .tar.zst
  • .tar.xz
  • .tgz
  • .tbz2
  • .tzst
  • .txz
  • .rar
  • .7z
  • And more!
Starting with Windows 11 version Build 26040 (Canary), Microsoft is adding a new compression wizard that lets you choose even more formats and specify even more details. You can compress individual files with gzip/bzip2 (and more,) or add multiple files to archives in different tar formats with different types of compression. You can also change the compression level and what types of data are stored in each archive.

Contents

  • Option One: Extract Specific File(s) from ZIP Folder
  • Option Two: Extract All Files from ZIP Folder using Context Menu
  • Option Three: Extract All Files from ZIP Folder using File Explorer Command Bar
  • Option Four: Extract All Files from ZIP Folder using Command
  • Option Five: Extract All Files from ZIP Folder using Right Click Drag and Drop




Option One

Extract Specific File(s) from ZIP Folder


1 Open the ZIP folder.

2 Drag and drop the items you want from inside the ZIP folder to where you want to extract them.

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Option Two

Extract All Files from ZIP Folder using Context Menu


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

Extract_All_context_menu.png

2 Perform the following actions: (see screenshot below)
  1. Browse to the folder location where you want to extract all contents inside the ZIP folder to.

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

  2. Check (default) or uncheck Show extracted files when complete for what you want.
  3. Click/tap on Extract.
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Option Three

Extract All Files from ZIP Folder using File Explorer Command Bar


1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

2 Browse to and select the ZIP folder. (see screenshot below step 3)

3 Click/tap on Extract All on the command bar of File Explorer. (see screenshot below)

Extract_All_File_Explorer_command_bar.png

4 Perform the following actions: (see screenshot below)
  1. Browse to the folder location where you want to extract all contents inside the ZIP folder to.

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

  2. Check (default) or uncheck Show extracted files when complete for what you want.
  3. Click/tap on Extract.
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Option Four

ZIP File(s) and Folder(s) using Command


To see more Expand-Archive command usage details, see: Expand-Archive | Microsoft Docs


1 Open Windows Terminal, and select either Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt.

2 Use the command below you want:


 Extract All Files from ZIP to Current Location

A) Type the command below into Windows Terminal, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

PowerShell -Command "Expand-Archive -LiteralPath '<full path for ZIP>.zip' -DestinationPath '<full path of current location>'"

Substitute <full path for ZIP> in the command above with the full path of the ZIP folder.

Substitute <full path of current location> in the command above with the actual full path of the current folder location you want to extract all files to.

For example:
PowerShell -Command "Expand-Archive -LiteralPath 'C:\Users\Brink\Desktop\Zip Folder.zip' -DestinationPath 'C:\Users\Brink\Desktop'"


Extract_all_in_current_folder_command.png



 Extract All Files from ZIP into a Folder at Specified Location

A) Type the command below into Windows Terminal, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

PowerShell -Command "Expand-Archive -LiteralPath '<full path for ZIP>.zip' -DestinationPath '<full path of folder>'"

Substitute <full path for ZIP> in the command above with the full path of the ZIP folder.

Substitute <full path of folder> in the command above with the actual full path of the folder you want to extract all files into or created and extract all files into.

For example:
PowerShell -Command "Expand-Archive -LiteralPath 'C:\Users\Brink\Desktop\Zip Folder.zip' -DestinationPath 'C:\Users\Brink\Desktop\Folder'"


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Option Five

Extract All Files from ZIP Folder using Right Click Drag and Drop


1 Right click on the ZIP folder while you drag and drop it to the location you want to extract it. (see screenshot below)

extract_ZIP_right_click_drag_and_drop-1.png

2 Click/tap on Extract. (see screenshot below)

extract_ZIP_right_click_drag_and_drop-2.png

3 Perform the following actions: (see screenshot below)
  1. Check (default) or uncheck Show extracted files when complete for what you want.
  2. Click/tap on Extract.
extract_wizard.png

4 The ZIP folder will now be extracted to the location. (see screenshot below)

extract_ZIP_right_click_drag_and_drop-4.png


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 
Last edited:
I found the 7z option by right-clicking on the taskbar icon. I am unsure if this is the norm or if Microsoft has added it. I have installed 7zip, but it doesn't support the Windows 11 new menu yet.

Why 7z is present there but not anywhere else? :think:

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 11 Enterprise
    Computer type
    Laptop
    CPU
    i7
    Hard Drives
    SSD
I found the 7z option by right-clicking on the taskbar icon. I am unsure if this is the norm or if Microsoft has added it. I have installed 7zip, but it doesn't support the Windows 11 new menu yet.

Why 7z is present there but not anywhere else? :think:
Hello mate, :alien:

It was been added by 7-Zip. That context menu is not native to Windows 11, even with the new 7z support.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
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    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
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    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
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    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
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    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
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    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
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    1 TB SSD
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    Windows Defender
Hello Mr @Brink ,

Are you sure? Igor (7z author) said he hadn't brought it to the new context menu yet.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 11 Enterprise
    Computer type
    Laptop
    CPU
    i7
    Hard Drives
    SSD
Hello Mr @Brink ,

Are you sure? Igor (7z author) said he hadn't brought it to the new context menu yet.

I tested on my system with a .zip and .7z file, but I don't have the context menu. The only thing I can think of is Windows itself added the old 7-Zip context menu to the new menu somehow, or some other installed app added it.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Surface Laptop Copilot+ PC
    CPU
    Snapdragon X Elite (12 core) 3.42 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15" HDR
    Screen Resolution
    2496 x 1664
    Hard Drives
    1 TB SSD
    Internet Speed
    Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
Many thanks :shawn:.

I am going to conduct further investigation...
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 11 Enterprise
    Computer type
    Laptop
    CPU
    i7
    Hard Drives
    SSD
Tutorial updated to add option five. :alien:
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Surface Laptop Copilot+ PC
    CPU
    Snapdragon X Elite (12 core) 3.42 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15" HDR
    Screen Resolution
    2496 x 1664
    Hard Drives
    1 TB SSD
    Internet Speed
    Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

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