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How to Compress and Uncompress Files with WinRAR

As known to all, most of us have ever used compression tools to manage our files that are not frequently used but perhaps will be used in the future. Meanwhile, the other purpose to use compressed files is that convenient for transformation under some circumstances. Now the most popular compression software is no doubt to be WinRAR. The following description will mainly introduce what is WinRAR and how to use WinRAR to compress files and uncompress files.

Part One: Introduction of WinRAR

winrar-pass-removerWinRAR is a powerful tool to compress your files and archives, its special multimedia compression algorithm and fastening type compression methods can increase the rate of compression specifically. The version of WinRAR 2.50 is able to to completely compatible the format of RAR and ZIP and its usability had been improved. The greatest strength of WinRAR is that it has great compression rate and fast speed. To speak of, when you set the fastest compression way with WinRAR, the package will be smaller than ZIP, while the speed is parity with PKZIP and it also supports the format of non rar.

Part Two: How to compress files with WinRAR

How to use WinRAR to compress your files? There are three steps as below:

Step 1: Download WinRAR

You can download it from http://www.rarsoft.com because you can get the latest version of WinRAR there.

Step 2: Install WinRAR

To install WinRAR is quite easy; just click yes as the instruction shows and then it is okay. And in order to be fully effective, when you set the file association window of WinRAR, you had better click “Select all” because it is beneficial for WinRAR to identify the files’s type. You can also check the “Put WinRAR to Desktop”, “Put WinRAR to Start Menu”, “Creat WinRAR program group” and create shortcuts.


Step 3: Compress Files

When we would like to compress a file in a folder, we don’t have to open the main application window of WinRAR, just select the target file or folder icon and click the right mouse button, and click the “Add to Archive” order in the popup menu and then another window will popup. Then you can type the name of your file, otherwise its default name will be “?.rar”. You can set the save path in the “Advanced” option and the others just use the default setting. After clicking “Yes”, the screen will show the progress bar. By the way, if you need to compress more than a file, you can select all the files and at the same time click “Ctrl” and then do as the above description displays.

PS: If you want to create the same name of your compress files, the method is quite simple. Just click the right mouse button when you select the target file and then select “Add to ***.rar” (“***” stands for your file name here.) This will be faster than typing your name when you open the application.


Part Three: How to uncompress files with WinRAR

For the RAR compressed files that is compressed by WinRAR, you can only double click it and then easily access the software. It seems to the same as opening a folder. At this time, the buttons will be more than select the common file, they are Add, Extract, Test, View, Delete, Find, Wizard, Info and Repair. It is quite easy that you only need to select the file and click the button to accomplish the function.

WinRAR also provide easier uncompressing way: Use your mouse and right-click the compressed file, in the popup menu contains two WinRAR orders, “Extract files” stand for extending rar file to the current path and “Extract to ***\” means you can create a compress files with the same name and then extend rar file to the current path. But either of them is very convenient.


Part Four: How to create self-extracting files

Sometimes we need to create self–extracting files and then we are able to invoke it any time, instead of compression software. In fact, to create such file is simple as well, just in the “General” page to set up the attribute of the compressing files and then check “Create SFX archive” and then you will find that the “.rar” becomes “.exe”.

Part Five: How to recover WinRAR files password

All the above four parts requires you to open the WinRAR files, but what if you can’t open it because the archive is password protected? Then you have to use a RAR password unlocker to recover it and then edit your WinRAR file. To speak of, SmartKey RAR Password Recovery is one of such tools. You can Google search it for more detail information or read this article in this blog:RAR Password Recovery – How to Recover RAR Password.

Summary: Useful information to compress and uncompress WinRAR files

I believe WinRAR will be the most popular compress format in the future. Then to master how to compress and uncompress WinRAR files must be a necessary-to-learn issue. In this article you are able to get some useful tips about what WinRAR is, how to compress WinRAR in three steps and how to uncompress files with WinRAR in five parts. You can also learn from how to how to create self-extracting files and how to recover WinRAR files password. I hope it helpful.