7Zip is a great file compression and archiving tool. And it’s unfortunate how only professionals and advanced users are the ones who know about it. So to give credit to this amazing tool, we will teach you a simple guide on how to use 7Zip.
There are too many file compression programs available online and among the most commonly used nowadays are WinZip and WinRAR. On the other hand, a lesser known choice is 7Zip. It is free and has the smallest compression compared to the prior options. The thing is, not many are aware that it is available till the time that it is introduced to them. Thus, they are often clueless about how to use 7Zip or the benefits it has to offer.
What is 7Zip Then?
Well, 7-Zip as what mentioned earlier, is a file archiver coupled with high compression ratio both for GZIP and ZIP formats. This is between 2 to 10 percent better than other tools available. 7Zip boosts its own format delivering high compression ratio that is roughly 40 percent higher. This is primarily because 7-Zip is using LZMA as well as LZMA compression. In addition, it has dictionary sizes and superb compression settings.
Zip tool has gained its appeal and worldwide interests primarily because of its ability to compress files efficiently. However, this doesn’t stop 7-Zip to show that it can match the bigger and more established names in the industry.
How to Install 7Zip
After downloading and launching 7Zip, you will be amazed by how easy and simple to navigate through its user interface. In downloading the actual program, just follow the steps discussed.
- Go to 7Zip’s home page and choose the version you wish to download.
- As of this writing, these are the versions available.
- Choose the version you want and click on the “Download” button.
- A new window appears which asks you what directory you like to install the program. Choose the destination folder you wish to save the program and click “Install”.
- Once the 7-Zip is installed, hit the “Finish” button.
That’s everything you have to do. Now, let’s proceed on how to use 7Zip and other vital product details and information.
Inside the window, you’ll see the main toolbar containing the most useful features and other menus that let you dig deeper and be accustomed to its UI. Some of the features are briefly discussed below:
- Extract – a button that allows you to accept or browse for the default destination path for your file easily.
- View – this menu contains the “Folder History” as well as the “Favorites” menu which allows you to save to as much as ten folders.
7-Zip can integrate with Windows Explorer menu which displays archive files as folders. And at the same time, provides a toolbar with drag-and-drop feature. It is possible as well to switch between single or even dual-pane view.
How to Use 7Zip: Compression & Extraction
We’ve discussed and learned the installation procedure as well as a quick overview for 7-Zip. Now we will move on to properly using 7-Zip both for compressing files and extracting them. At first, let’s proceed on compressing files.
Step number 1. Open 7-Zip File Manager.
Step number 2. Click on what file you wish to compress and click “Add”. This will identify the file that you need compress.
Step number 3. “Add to Archive” window is going to pop up. Ensure that your Archive format is set to “Zip” and then hit the “OK” button.
Step number 4. 7Zip will now process the file and compress it in a zip file that’s located in the same destination where the original file is.
When extracting files, there are 5 straightforward steps you need to do. Just check the lines below.
- Select the files that you want to extract.
- Choose files you wish to extract and press right-click. This will open a new menu.
- Hover over the “7Zip” option.
- Choose “Extract Here”. This brings up a new window which shows the progress as well as remaining time before extracting the file.
- Wait for it to finish. The extracted file will appear in the same directory where you have all RAR or 7-Zip files in.
7-Zip is offering multiple features which makes it one of the best and most effective software compression tool that delivers the lowest compressed data. Few of its remarkable specs are:
- Open Architecture – the source code is using GNU LGPL license while the unRAR code is a combination of license with unRAR + GNU LGPL restrictions.
- High Compression Ratio – by taking advantage of its own 7z format w/ LZMA as well as LZMA2 compression, it allows 7Z to achieve a 40 percent compression ratio or higher compared to its peers. For GZIP and ZIP formats, 7Z delivers compression ratio that’s 2 to 10 percent better compared to WinZip and PKZip.
- Strong AES-256 encryption – this one includes both encryption and password protection of filenames and files.
- Ability to use multiple encryptions, conversion or compression methods – to give you an example, 7Z can support several packing as well as unpacking for XZ, GZIP, ZIP, TAR, WIM, and 7z It also has support for a self-extracting ability for 7z format.
- Integrates with Windows Shell – by using the menu options, it is feasible to integrate 7z to Windows Shell menu.
These are the spec sheet that made 7-Zip a strong competitor among the leading compression tools in the web. The best part, 7z is available and downloadable free of charge! If you’re afraid that you don’t know how to use 7Zip, which stops you from switching, follow the steps above. Start to enjoy the lowest compression at no price.