How to Create a Self-extracting Archive

You have to zip and send some important files to your colleague who is denied with the computer, you are afraid that once you receive the archive he does not know how to extract the documents contained in it, and therefore you had thought of creating a self-extracting archive which does not need specific programs to be opened and guides the user through the file extraction procedure.

Great idea… but there is a small problem. You're not a PC wizard either and you don't know how to make a self-extracting archive with the program you usually use to zip your files. Don't panic! All the main programs for managing compressed archives allow you to create self-extracting archives in exe format, and today I'm here to explain how to do it with the most used ones: 7-Zip e WinRAR. Let's get started right away!

If you want to learn how to make a self-extracting archive and use the free program 7-Zip, all you have to do is select the documents you want to include in the archive (on the desktop or in the Windows Explorer), right-click on one of them and select the item 7-Zip> Add to archive ... give the menu to compare.

In the window that opens, put the check mark next to the item Create self-extracting archive (This is the critical step that you have not noticed!), Type the name you want to assign to your exe file in the field Archive name, set the format you prefer for compression from the drop-down menu Archive format (7z should be fine, but you can choose what you want) and click the button OK to start creating your self-extracting archive.

In this way, you will get an archive in exe which can be opened without having installed any program for managing archives on the PC and will allow you to extract the files contained in it simply by choosing the folder in which to save the extracted documents (by clicking on ...) and clicking on the button Extract. Easier than that?

It was used WinRAR and you want make a self-extracting archive with the latter, you must select the files you want to include in the archive (on the desktop or in the Windows Explorer), right-click on one of them and select the item Add to an archive with the WinRAR icon next to the menu that appears.

In the window that opens, put the check mark next to the item Create a self-extracting archive, type the name you want to assign to your exe archive in the field Archive name, set the format you prefer for compression from the field Archive format (ZIP o RAR) and click on your button OK to start creating your self-extracting archive.

Again, you will get an archive in exe it can also be used on PCs without software for managing archives. To extract the files contained in it, simply open the archive with a double click, select the folder in which to save the extracted files by clicking on Shop by Department and start the extraction by clicking on Extract. In short, the mechanism is similar on all the main programs for managing archives, just put the check on the right option and that's it.