5 ways to extract files with WinRAR.
This guest post outlines how to extract files with WinRAR.
Once you've worked out how to compress files with WinRAR it's time to extract your files. And WinRAR knows that you don't have time to wait. WinRar takes all of the guesswork out of extracting your files and allows you to open them up in seconds. Not only does WinRar unpack your files quickly, they also offer you a variety of ways to get it done.
Extract Option 1
Right click on the file you want to open. Once you get your menu, you have three different options to use for extracting your file.
Extract Option 2
Clicking extract files: Clicking Extract files allows you to specify the extraction folder and then extract WinRAR files into the existing folder, overwrite the existing files in the existing folder, only add the new files in your compressed file to the existing folder or overwrite the existing files in the folder you are extracting to.
Extract Option 3
Clicking "Extract here": Clicking Extract files here allows you to quickly extract all of the files to the current folder where your compressed file is located in one click. This is a very quick METHOD of extraction.
Extract Option 4
Extract files to Folder: Clicking Extract to [YourFolderName] will automatically create and extract all of your files to the folder name specified. This is also a very quick method of extraction. Again, if the folder does not exist, it will be created. If the folder already exists, the files will be extracted to the folder and the files inside of the folder will be overwritten.
Extract Option 5
Open WinRar. Select File / Open Archive from the main menu. Navigate to the file in the folder that you want to extract and press Open. When the file opens in WinRar, you can see all of the files in the archive at once. You can then select the ones you want to extract from the archive and press the Extract To button. Pressing the Extract To button will display a menu that allows you to select parameters for your file like where the files should be extracted. After selecting your parameters, you can press OK to extract your files.
Extract Option 6
If you need to, you can open an archive file by running WinRar from a command line with the archive name as the sole parameter. This will open the archive in WinRar and you can then use METHOD 2 to extract the file. During the actual extraction with all of the methods a window will be displayed that shows you the statistics of your extract. Those statistics include things like how many files have been extracted, etc. The system works so fast, however, that you often won't even have enough time to read this screen. It is, however, very useful to let you know what is going on if you are unpacking a very large file. You can also press the Cancel button on this screen to stop the extraction process.
What happens if you get stuck and you don't know what to do? WinRar has an answer for that too in the form of a great help system that is accessible from the WinRar main menu by pressing Help. WinRar allows you to open RAR, ZIP, 7Z, ACE, ARJ, BZ2, CAB, GZ, ISO, JAR, LZH, TAR, UUE, and Z files created by other tools so WinRar is really your one stop shop for extracting and unpacking your files
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