WinRAR is one of the most commonly used archiving utility, due to its powerful compression capabilities. It automatically integrates itself into Windows Explorer, to add new options to its context menu. You can use these options to quickly add files to a new archive or extract those from an existing one directly from a standard Explorer window.
The software comes with its own user interface, on which you can explore your local files, folders and archived contents. Options for creating archives and extracting files can be fond on a toolbar, along with other useful functions. When creating archives on WinRAR's user interface, you will be able to make many other configurations. For example, you can scan archives with an antivirus of your choice, check them for errors, split them into multiple volumes, password-protect them and much more.
Windows Explorer integration
Once installed, WinRAR will add new options to the Windows Explorer context menu. This gives you the possibility of archiving files just by right clicking them and selecting an option.
WinRAR lets you make a wide range of settings when creating an archive, from choosing a compression level to including quick open information in an archive.
Archives can be password protected and you can also encrypt the names of their contents. What's more, the software lets you save and organize passwords.
If you want to make sure your archive fits on a specific type of storage device, you an set WinRAR to create an archive in multiple volumes, of a certain size.
Support for numerous archive formats
The software can store archives in RAR and ZIP formats and it is capable of opening a wider range of archive types. You can also associate it with all these formats.