Create TAR and 7Z archives in Windows 11 22H2 and 23H2

Gandalf_The_Grey

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Did you know that recent Windows 11 versions let you open TAR, 7Z, RAR, and more archive types without downloading third-party apps? Moreover, the upcoming Windows 11 version 24H2 will make it possible to compress files to 7Z and TAR, specify compression ratio, and more. However, you do not have to wait half a year to get your hands on that feature. Improved archive support is coming to Windows 11 versions 22H2 and 23H2.

PhantomOfEarth noticed that the latest Windows 11 Beta build contains a feature ID that lets you enable TAR and 7Z compression in File Explorer. Once enabled, you can right-click a selection of files, click "Compress to," and select the format you want. Alternatively, you can click "More options" to open a wizard with additional features, such as compression method or level.

Microsoft has not announced the archive support improvements for the Beta Channel yet, not to mention Stable. However, recent updates showed that new features do not stay long in the Beta Channel, and they quickly move to Stable releases. That was the case with the Start menu ads and new lock screen widgets.
 

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Indeed, the new archive support in Windows 11 seems to be a great addition. It's convenient for users to compress files to TAR and 7Z directly from the File Explorer without needing third-party apps. Looking forward to seeing these features in the Stable releases soon!
 

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Instead of adding, maybe MS could allow us to remove that clutter from the context menu, like Compress and Share.

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