How to Zip and Unzip a File on a Chromebook Laptop?

Latest Chromebooks have a built-in function to zip and unzip files that helps you in storing your data in a single place in a folder. You don’t need third-party software to unzip files on your Chromebook as you need in other laptops. In this article, we are going to discuss how to zip and unzip files on your Chromebook with built-in features and a third-party application.

What is a ZIP File

Zip is a format to add several files/folders into one file. It helps you to transfer files more quickly as it archives the files or folders and supports lossless compression.

How to Zip files on Chromebook

Zipping files is helpful for storing and sending documents as they consume less storage and can easily b transferred. You can easily Zip files on a Chromebook by following these simple steps:

Step 1: First click on the App launcher and then on the Files icon:

Note: You can use the keyboard shortcut Shift+Alt+M to open files on Chromebook.

Step 2: Select the files you want to Zip or simply press Ctrl + A to select all the files:

Step 3: Right-click on the selected files and select the option Zip selection from the drop-down menu:

The selected files will be zipped into one folder and will appear on top of the selected files with the default name.

Step 4: If you want to ZIP a folder, then select the folder and right, click on it, and select the ZIP selection option:

The zipped folder name will be the same as the original folder name with .zip extension:

Right click on the ZIP folder to rename it or use keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Enter, select the rename option from drop down menu:

Enter the name of the folder to rename it.

How to Unzip Files on Chromebook

If you have received a ZIP file from someone, then unzipping it will take only a few seconds. Unzipping files on Chromebook is easy but different from Windows and macOS. Here are the steps to unzip the files on Chromebook:

Step 1: Select the ZIP folder and click on it:

Step 2: Choose the files you want to unzip:

Step 3: Right click on the file and select the copy option or simply press Ctrl+C:

Step 4: Create a new folder or press Ctrl+E to create a new folder:

Step 5: Right click to paste (Ctrl+V) the file in new folder:

Step 6: Click on the eject button next to the Zipped file to complete the unzip process.

Note: This method will only work for ZIP and RAR files.

How to use Wicked Good Unarchiver Extension on Chromebook

The Wicked Good Unarchiver is an extension built especially for Chromebook, and through it, you can unzip a number of compressed formats. To Unzip your file, follow the steps given below:

Step 1: Open the Chrome browser on Chromebook:

Step 2: Search for Wicked Good Unarchiver on the Chrome browser, and click on the first link or simply search in on Chrome Web Store:

Step 3: In the next step, click on the Add to Chromebook to add this extension:

Step 4: Now right click on the Zipped file with any format and click on open with and select Wicked Good Unarchiver:

Step 5: Copy the files of the ZIP folder, create a new folder and paste them there.

How to use Zip Extractor on Chromebook

It is a free extension for extracting and creating ZIP files on your Chromebook. It also supports password-protected files:

Step 1: Open the chrome browser and type Zip extractor:

Step 2: Click on the install option to add the ZIP extractor to your Chromebook browser:

Step 3: Click on the button “Open ZIP From Computer”:

Step 4: Select the ZIP file and then click on Open button:

Step 5: Press the Extract button to extract the files on Chromebook:

Step 6: A new folder will be created in which you can view unzip files; click on View Files to open the unzip folder.

Step 7: Unzipped folder will be opened in Google drive:


Zipping a file is very crucial in data sharing as you can easily merge your data in a single folder, and if you are using a Chromebook and receive a zipped file, then you can easily unzip it with the tool present in your Chromebook by default. You can also use third-party extensions/applications to do so.

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