Restore “Extract All” Command to the .zip files Right-click Menu

When you right click on a .zip file (Compressed Folder) and click “Extract All”, it extracts the contents of the .zip file to a folder of your choice, and automatically opens the folder. Extract All option may be missing because of incorrect .zip file association setting, especially after installing and uninstalling a 3rd party archive utility. This article tells you how to get back the Extract All option to the right-click menu.

Restore missing “Extract All” context menu entry

To restore Extract All to the .zip files right-click menu, follow these steps:

  1. Download add_extract_all_context_menu.zip
  2. Unzip the archive, and run the file named add_extract_all_context_menu.reg

This restores Extract All to the context menu for Compressed (zipped) Folders in Windows.

restore extract all command zip files context menu


What does the .reg file contain?

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.zip]
@="CompressedFolder"

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CompressedFolder\ShellEx\ContextMenuHandlers\{b8cdcb65-b1bf-4b42-9428-1dfdb7ee92af}]
@="Compressed (zipped) Folder Menu"

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.zip]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\FileExts\.zip\OpenWithProgids]
"CompressedFolder"=hex(0):

The registry file can be used in Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows 10.

Fix the Zip button in the File Explorer ribbon

Optionally, to fix the Zip command in File Explorer ribbon if it’s not working or appears grayed out, open the classic Control Panel, Default Programs, and then click Set your default programs.

Alternatively, you can execute the following command from the Run dialog (Winkey + R) to launch Default Programs.



control /name Microsoft.DefaultPrograms

Select File Explorer from the list, and click Set this program as default.

extract all missing zip files

In Windows 10:

  • Open SettingsDefault appsSet defaults by appFile ExplorerManage
  • Associate EXPLORER.ZIPSELECTION with Windows Explorer.
    restore extract all to the right-click menu for .zip files

That fixes the Zip button (“Explorer.ZipSelection” command) in File Explorer ribbon.


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Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 10 consecutive years from 2003 to 2012.

3 thoughts on “Restore “Extract All” Command to the .zip files Right-click Menu”

  1. To Ramesh,
    I have had this problem , “Extract All missing from .zip files right-click menu, for a long time. It was O.K. once then went missing. I was given advice in the past but it did not make any difference. Did what you have detailed ,with caution, as I don’t like going near the registry.
    Downloaded the same .zip file again selected and right-clicked it and there was the “Extract All” command, great.
    Never thought it would work again.
    Good advice,thank you.

  2. Thank you for this post. I had 7-zip installed initially, but preferred the simpler Windows default unzip interface. After uninstalling 7-zip, my registry was not properly updated to reflect that 7-zip no longer existed. Your registry file worked great.

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