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The compression of files frees up storage space on a hard drive. ZIP files are encrypted so information sent as an email attachment is more secure. The decreased size of a compressed file speeds email transmission.
If your email provider restricts the size of attachments ZIP files enable you to send larger files and stay within attachment size limits.
But sometimes you need to compress files and don’t have access to WinZip – so what do you do? We put together 5 easy ways to compress files without Winzip:
ZIP File Disadvantages
One corrupted file within a ZIP file can contaminate one, some, or all of the files within the ZIP file. Corruption can prevent a compressed file from opening properly. Opening ZIP files use memory and without sufficient memory, the compressed file can not be opened. Processor speed is slowed when opening a compressed file so a ZIP file can not be opened quickly.
Creating ZIP Files in Windows 7, 8, and 10
In the three most recent Windows operating systems a ZIP file can be created in five steps.
- To combine multiple files create and name a new folder
- Move the desired files to the new folder
- After all the files have been moved right click the folder you created
- Choose “send to” to open a second menu
- Click “Compressed (zipped) folder”
It will take a little time for your ZIP file to be created. You can compress a single file using the same steps.
How to Unzip Without WinZip Windows 10
WinZip is a program that facilitates the opening of ZIP files in Windows. Here is how to unzip without WinZip Windows 10
- Find the desired ZIP file
- Open the file explorer by double-clicking the desired file.
- Locate “Compressed Folder Tools” at the top of the File Explorer menu
- Click “Extract” immediately below “Compressed Folder Tools”
- Wait for a pop-up window to appear
- At the bottom of the pop-up window click “Extract”
Once unzipped the contents of the file should be revealed. If the file successfully unzips but does not open you can double click the file to reveal the contents.
How to Open RAR Files Without Winzip Windows 7
A Roshal Archive Compressed file (RAR) is an alternative to ZIP files. Let me apologize for the misleading header. According to in5stepstutorials.com RAR files cannot be opened in Windows 7, 8, or 10 without the installation of a utility like WinZip or 7-Zip. For that reason, 5 steps assert that ZIP files are the better choice for creating compressed files.
How to Open a 7z File Without WinZip Mac
A file with a 7z extension was created using the open source file compression software 7-Zip. Opening a 7z file without WinZip when using a Mac requires downloading the free multi-format compressed file opening utility The Unarchiver.
Just a Reminder
The pros of compressed ZIP files save space on a hard drive. Attaching a ZIP file to an email offers multiple advantages. The cons include increased risk of file corruption and ZIP files take longer to open.
In Windows 7 WinZip is not needed to unzip files. When deciding between using RAR or ZIP to create a compressed file go with ZIP. Windows 7-10 are incapable of opening a RAR file without downloading an unzip utility. To open a 7z file with Mac OS without WinZip you must install The Unarchiver.