How do I Create a RAR Archive with WinRAR?


Open WinRAR. When WinRAR is open it displays a list of files and folders in the current folder. You need to select the folder which contains the files you wish to archive.

When you have selected the folder with the desired files, you can then select the individual files and folders, which you are going to archive.

Having selected one or more files, click on the "Add" button at the top of the WinRAR window, or select the "Add files to archive" command in the Commands menu. Enter the destination archive name in the dialog box which appears or simply accept the default name.

In this window you can select the format of the new archive (RAR or ZIP), compression level, volume size and other archiving parameters. Click on the "OK" button when you are ready to create the archive.

During the archiving process, a window will be displayed showing operation statistics. If you wish to break the archiving process, click on the "Cancel" button in the command window. You may press the "Background" button in this window to minimize the WinRAR window. When archiving is complete, the command window disappears and the newly created archive becomes the currently selected file.

It is also possible to add files to an existing RAR archive using drag-and-drop. Select the desired archive in the WinRAR window and press "Enter" (or double click) on its name. RAR will read the archive and display its contents. You may now add files to the archive by simply dragging them from another program and dropping them into WinRAR.

Novice users can also use the Wizard to create an archive. Open WinRAR and choose the "Wizard" option under the Tools tab at the top of the WinRAR window. Choose the option "Create a new archive" and follow the step-by-step instructions.


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