How to open and use a RAR file

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Compressed files are used to package documents and, in some cases, reduce their size to facilitate their sending or transfer without losing information. When compressing them, there is also the possibility of protecting them with a password so that only the indicated people can access the documents and folders contained in the archive. The most common format is ZIP, but the use of the RAR type has gained strength for a long time, especially because it uses an optimized compression method. Windows handles ZIP files natively, perhaps for this reason it is a more convenient format. Next we will explain how to open and create your own RAR files in a simple way.

One of the most reliable and easy-to-use programs for opening and creating compressed files is WinRAR, a software released in 1993 that is still in use today. Although it is proprietary software that is marketed, there is a free trial version that you can download at www.winrar.es/descargas.

  • Once you install WinRAR on your PC, run the program.
  • To unzip a file ending in .rar, all you have to do is select the file menu and click on the Open file option.
  • Find the RAR you want to unzip, double click and the program will show you all the documents and folders contained in the file in the window.
  • You can make use of them, but if you want to keep them on your hard drive you will have to extract them; To do this, select everything you want to transfer and click the Extract to button.
  • There you must select the destination folder and click OK so that all the selected documents and folders are copied to your computer.

Now, if you want to create your own compressed file to upload it to the cloud or send it to someone by mail, all you have to do is:

  • Open Windows Explorer and select all the files and folders you want to compress into a single RAR or ZIP, then right click and choose the Add to archive… option.
  • WinRAR will display a window with several tabs; in the one called General, you must indicate the name of the file you want, as well as the format (RAR or ZIP).
  • If you want to add a password, go to the Advanced tab and click the Set Password button.
  • Type and confirm the password, then click OK to confirm, and when you’re ready to start compression click OK again.

Done, now the RAR or ZIP that you created will appear in the same folder where you selected the files that you just compressed.

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