How To Password Protect A Zip File In Windows 10

When it comes to sharing or archiving multiple files, zipping them into a single archive is a practical solution. To add an extra layer of security, you can also password protect your zip file. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the process of password protecting a zip file on Windows 10.

Using 7-Zip

Windows 10 doesn’t provide a built-in method to password protect zip files, but you can use a free, open-source application called 7-Zip to achieve this. 7-Zip is a popular file archiver that supports various formats, including zip, 7z, and many others.

Follow these steps to create a password-protected zip file using 7-Zip:

  1. Download and install 7-Zip from the official website:
  2. Select the files or folders you want to compress.
  3. Right-click the selected items, then hover over the 7-Zip option in the context menu and choose Add to archive…
  4. In the 7-Zip window, enter a name for your archive, and choose the zip format if it’s not already selected.
  5. Under the Encryption section, enter your desired password in the Password and Reenter password fields.
  6. Click the OK button to create the password-protected zip file.

Decrypting the Password-Protected Zip File

To access the content of the password-protected zip file, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the password-protected zip file, then hover over the 7-Zip option in the context menu and choose Extract files… or Extract Here.
  2. When prompted, enter the password you set for the zip file.
  3. Click the OK button to extract the contents of the zip file.

Note that if you forget the password, you won’t be able to retrieve the contents of the zip file. Therefore, it’s crucial to store the password securely or remember it.


Creating a password-protected zip file on Windows 10 is easy and secure with 7-Zip. This feature proves helpful when you need to share or store sensitive information. Remember to use a strong password and store it safely to maintain the security of your files.