How to Zip and Unzip Files on a Chromebook

Learn how to zip like a ChromeOS pro

Using Zip files is a popular way of compressing multiple files into one smaller package. Like other operating systems, ChromeOS makes it easy to zip and unzip a file on Chromebook with built in tools. We'll show you how it's done.

How to Zip Files on Chromebook

Zipping and unzipping files both happen in the Files app, which is a built in app in ChromeOS.

  1. Open your app launcher and click Files.

    click the menu button in the bottom left corner, then click Files

    You can also open the Files app by using the keyboard shortcut Shift+Alt+M

  2. Select the files you want to zip.

    • To select multiple consecutive files: click the first file, hold the Shift key, then click the last file.
    • To pick several files, but not all: Hold down Ctrl and click the files you want.
    • To select all files: Press Ctrl+A, which will select all the files in a location.
    Select the files you want to compress.
  3. Right-click the selected files, then click Zip selection. Your files will be compressed into a zip file titled Archive.zip. It will appear in the same folder as the files you just zipped, alphabetically near the top. If you zip a folder, the name will be the same as the folder with a ".zip" extension.

    Right click and select Zip selection
  4. You are not given the option to name your zipped file, but you can rename it. Simply right-click the file, then click Rename.

    Right click the Archive and select Rename.

How to Unzip Files on Chromebook

Extracting zipped files is not as straightforward. Rather than unzipping the archive, you need to manually extract files out of it. Fortunately, it's easy to do that.

  1. Navigate to and double-click the archive file. This will open the archive and display the contents, while the archive will appear in the left-hand column of the Files app.

    Double click the archive file to display contents. The archive itself will show up in the left column of the Files app.
  2. In the archive, select and right-click the files you want to extract, then click Copy.

    Right click the file you want to Extract and click Copy.
  3. Navigate to the location to which you want to extract the files. Right-click and choose Paste. The files you copied will be placed in this new location, and you'll be able to edit them.

    Right click in the folder where you want to put the files and click Paste.

    Files in archived folders can be opened without extracting them, but changes cannot be saved.

  4. When you're done, click Eject next to the archived folder in the left column of the Files app.

    Double click the archive file to display contents. The archive itself will show up in the left column of the Files app.