Get a sneak peek at Windows 11’s ability to create ZIP, 7z, and TAR archives directly

A new feature in Windows 11 Build 25992 allows users to create archives in .zip, .7z, and .tar formats natively, by simply right-clicking any file. This feature, which was revealed during the Build 2023 developer conference, is now being rolled out to some users in the Insider Program.

To create an archive without using a third-party app in Windows 11 preview builds, simply right-click the file in File Explorer, choose the “Compress to” option, and select the supported archive format. This will automatically create an archive of the selected file in the desired format.

Windows 11 already allows users to view a variety of archive file formats, including .rar, .7z, .tar, and others, after downloading and installing the latest optional update (KB5031455). An upcoming update will enable the creation of archive files as well.

The ability to create Zip, 7-zip, and TAR archives is currently available in Windows 11 Build 25992 or newer. This feature is initially being tested with users in the Windows Insider Program’s Canary Channel and is expected to be added to Windows 11 23H2 and 22H2 in the near future.

Previously, creating an archive file on Windows required the use of third-party apps such as WinRAR or 7-Zip. With native support for these file formats, Windows 11 now allows users to create these archives without the need for additional software.

To create an archive file, simply right-click on a file and select “Compress to..” from the context menu. This will allow users to choose between creating 7-zip, TAR, and ZIP archives.

In the above GIF we recorded, Windows 11 demonstrates its ability to create an archive almost instantly, similar to popular third-party apps. This update allows Windows 11 to compress files more effectively, making them smaller and easier to send securely.

While it is not currently possible to compress or decompress password-protected files, this feature is likely to be added in the future.

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