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Unlike its functions, 7-Zip has a not very well-developed user interface. There are two toolbars and five menus located on the top of the program window. All of the functions are accessible from the File and the Edit menus. The listed items may have different options shown and can be sorted in any way. There is a Flat and 2 Panels view option. Users can use 7-Zip as a file manager and move files between the two panels. The Options window has six tabs. File associations can be previewed and changed from the System tab. Most users will like that they can add or remove the Context menu items by their own discretion. 

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Basic Operations

7-Zip is very easy to be used. For the most advanced users it will not be a problem at all to open, create or decompress a certain archive type. For beginners it may take some time, but after a while they will be able to do what they need to do with the program. In simple words to create an archive you have to select the files which will be used in it. Then you click on the green plus sign called Add to include the selected files into the new file.

At this moment the Add to Archive window shows up and you can choose the archive format, the compression level and method, the Dictionary and Solid Block size, and so on. There you can split to such volumes that will fit into a 650MB or 700MB CD, DVD or floppy disk. As options you have the choice to create a SFX archive and compress shared files. One of the good sides of 7-Zip is that the information can be password-protected and the desired password symbols can be entered in this step. When you complete all the presets just click OK and your newly compressed file will be displayed, along with those that are used to be made.


7-Zip has a simple intuitive interface with a large assortment of compression formats. The new archive files can be configured in many possible ways. Although you cannot create and you cannot open RAR archives, it is not a bad tool at all. During our test we were nicely surprised by the way the program shrank the files and the final result using the 7z format was better than with ZIP or RAR. We recommend you to give it a try and if you like it – keep it – it's free. 


  • Not hard to use
  • Works with the most common formats
  • Windows shell integration
  • Split archives
  • Tremendous language support


  • Can not repair files
  • Can not scan for viruses
  • Needs a better interface
Reviewed by: Alexander Yovchev

7-Zip is VIRUS-FREE!

Our security scan shows that 7-Zip is clean from viruses. The current version of 7-Zip has been scanned by our system, which contains 46 different anti-virus algorithms. That ensures that 7-Zip 9.20 is 100% safe for your computer.

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