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WinRAR is a program specially developed to create, open, and Decompress any compressed files, both RAR and ZIP formats, which are the most famous, as some others which were appearing later. At present, this software is also compatible with the RAR compression algorithm5, being the one of the most popular of the exponents of its segment.
In effect, this software has the purpose of allowing users to compress files. What does that mean? It means that it makes them smaller so that they take up less space than usual, whether the interest is to store it in a physical or virtual disk, as if sending via a communication platform such as email. In many cases, without the help of this type of programs of compression/decompression, it would be impossible to send these files due to its excessive weight. There lies the importance of a compression program such as this one.
One of the salient features of this program has to do with security. WinRAR offers the possibility to protect all files that are compressed in the new file through the use of a password. In this way, only those who you want will be able to access all those contents, as long as you have provided that unlock code before.
If you want something much more functional, you should know that this program also allows you to generate self-extracting files," as they are called. These files, as soon as they are downloaded and executed, unzip all the contents on the disk in which they have been stored automatically, so no manual steps must be taken to access the files. And in the event of any contents that are damaged, it has repair features that generally offer efficient results.
What formats does WinRAR currently support? Specifically, the following: RAR, ZIP, 7-Zip, ACE, ARJ, BZ2, CAB, Gzip, ISO, JAR, LHZ, TAR, UUE, XZ, Z
The level of customization or configuration of this software is another aspect to highlight. Each of the functions that are part of WinRAR can be modified so that they end up being more useful for the user. So, you have the option to transform this compressor and decompressor into one for experts, or continue to use it in a much more basic version.
Let's move on to the use simplicity of this program. Like many of the main software developed for Windows, the upper bar of this compressor plays a fundamental role. There you will find the main tasks that you perform; for example, to create a new compressed file, open any that you have already stored, etc. However, WinRAR also has the ability to be added to the context menu of Windows. This means that with just right click on various files, the menu of the computer will allow you to gain access to some of the basic functions of this compressor, without having to open it previously.
If it is true, on the other hand, lovers of the most aesthetic than functional, could find several objections to the interface of WinRAR. In effect, this application has remained virtually unchanged in recent times in terms of its visual aspect, and it is likely that you no longer want to make big changes in this regard. However, this generates that everyone knows perfectly well where each of its functions is available, and what to do to compress or decompress a file.
What is the difference between WinRAR and WinZIP? If you are one of those who never have been able to clearly differentiate between these two systems of compression, you should know that the first of them, the one that interests you today, has a better overall relationship of compression, and greater speed to perform each of the tasks that you ask. For the rest, both WinRAR and WinZIP, allow us to compress and decompress files easily.
Once the program has started, you will find that the navigation through the folders on your system is really simple. All you have to do is go by opening the internal folders on a regular basis if you want to continue, or click on the small folder icon that appears on the left side of the screen if you want to return to the previous folder. Barely a second it will take you to scroll through your contents.
Interestingly, with WinRAR you can also carry out tasks that perhaps an average user more related with the usual Windows Explorer. For example, while you're going through a folder, you can eliminate some of the contents to compress only others, so that you do not have to be jumping from one window to the other.
Thanks to the "Search" function, this program will also allow you to try to find a particular content inside a folder, so that you do not have to carry out the search manually. You can search by file or by name, as well as specify a particular folder or try to find that content by analyzing the complete system of your computer.
And if you have any questions, WinRAR has an integrated Assistant, who will offer you all the possible help so that as a new user of this application you will not have any problem when compressing or decompressing any of your files.