7 Zip is a file compressor that will help to keep all our heavy files in a smaller size. Currently, this type of programs are still very used in the world of computers, even Internet connections are much faster and hard drives have a larger amount of space to archive, compressors and decompression tools continue to be very useful for the transport of the files. It will also allow you to hide it from indiscreet searches with a password.

Along with WinRAR and WinZip, 7-Zip is one of the most popular compressors, with a lot of advantages, because it is totally free, it is compatible with almost all the current formats, it is very simple to use and also works faster and excellent.

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7-Zip basic interface

The basic 7-Zip interface is very simple to understand and manage, it has an integrated file scanner that allows us to perform any of the tasks we need, besides fulfilling its basic task of compression and decompression of the files.

  • Zone 1: Toolbar

In zone 1 you will find the toolbar with some options that allow you to perform some functions with your documents.

1-. To add: This is the button that we will see with the green plus sign, this 7z will allow us to create a compressed file with the extension where you will be able to add various files to compress and to visualize the properties of the compression.

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2-. To extract: This is the option that we will see with a blue dash, where it will allow us to obtain the original files, before they are compressed, from the compressed file that contains them in the determined location, this is better known as the function of the decompression.

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3-. To try: The option to try is the one that is represented with an arrow that looks below clearly blue. With this option we can see the compressed files without the need to decompress them.

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4-. To copy: The option to copy is represented with a green arrow, this option will allow us to copy the files or directories selected for the route we have chosen, like any user of Windows does with the usual Copy option.

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5-. To move: The option to move is thrown with an arrow of blue color that allows to cut or move the files we have selected towards a chosen route. Very similar to the Windows cut option.

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6-. To delete: This is an option that is represented by an X of the red color, this will allow us to send the selected files to the recycling bin.

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7-. Information: This is the last element of the taskbar, represented by an “I” of the yellow color. This option will allow us to know the properties that the desired folder has.

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  • Zone 2: Scan bar

The 7 Zip scan bar has a function very similar to the scan bar that we can find in Windows computers. In this bar, the route will be indicated in which we were at each moment, to have a clearer notion of the concept of the location where we are.

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In here you can see two buttons, use the one on the left side mainly to go to a level that reaches more, this means that with it we can go to the folder that the file or the main directory are contained.

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In the case of the right button this will give us different locations by default, such as the unit, head of the desk or my documents, to save a little more time for us when looking for a location.

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  • Zone 3: File Explorer

In the file browser, are all the files that exist within a directory or a compressed file, these by default will be in alphabetical sequence. This way of viewing will allow a more detailed look at us approaching a file or a directory indicated to us its size, as well as the date in which it was created, the date of modification, the attributes and comments. Also, it will give us the possibility that we do the selection behavior different basic battles, for example to rename, publish, to open, among others.

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Knowing these 7-Zip options will allow us to have better access to all the functions and likewise, make better use of the tool as well.