9 best file compression tools for Windows 10 [2020 Guide]


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Sharing large files is easier than ever nowadays, yet there are situations when users need to compress their files due to file size limitations. Also, compressed files have a lesser impact on users’ system resources, preventing unnecessary strain on their computers.

There are plenty of compression tools available on the market, and choosing the right one for you can turn into an annoying task. To make this action time-efficient, we’ll list the best file compression software currently available for Windows 10, together with their main features, and you can choose the app that meets your needs the best.


Best compression tools for Windows 10

1. NX Power Lite Desktop 8 (recommended)

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NXPowerLite Desktop 8 is a powerful tool that allows you to compress and optimize Excel, PowerPoint, Word, JPEG, and PDF files up to 95% without losing any quality and free up disk space or send them by email. Optimized and compressed files retain the original format and are fully editable. It’s especially effective for office work and for people who work with lots of multimedia files.

The advanced settings give you the possibility to set the desired balance between the quality and compression ratio. Additionally, this software integrates with Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word as well as email clients and automatically compress attachments when they are sent. This tool is available for free in a 14-day trial period. However, if you consider the paid version, you can buy it for 55$.


2. WinZip (recommended)

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WinZip is perhaps the most popular compression tool for Windows 10, with more than one billion active users. This tool is more than a simple compression tool as it also allows users to share, manage, protect and backup their files.

WinZip unzips all compression major formats, such as Zip, Zipx, RAR, 7z, TAR, GZIP, VHD, XZ and more. Users can also find, open, edit, move and share the files stored on their computers, network or cloud service.  WinZip also encrypts files to secure information and data, and can create read-only PDFs and add watermarks to deter copying.

You can download the standard version of WinZip for free via TrialPay or buy the latest version, WinZip 21.5 Pro for $35.78.


3. WinRAR (recommended)

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WinRAR is a powerful compression tool, with over 500 million users worldwide standing proof for the tool’s performance. It compresses files for efficient and secure file transfer, faster e-mail transmission and organized data storage. The tool is also available in over 50 languages.

WinRAR supports the following compression formats: RAR, ZIP, CAB, ARJ, LZH, ACE, TAR, GZip, UUE, ISO, BZIP2, Z and 7-Zip. Users can also split archives into separate volumes, making it possible to save them on several disks. Its 256-bit password encryption and its authenticated signature technology ensure secured file transfers.


4. 7-Zip

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This compression tool is 100% free,  and delivers a high compression ratio. It packs and unpacks the following file formats: 7z, XZ, BZIP2, GZIP, TAR, ZIP and WIM, and can unpack more than 30 file formats.

Other features include:

  • For ZIP and GZIP formats, it  provides a compression ratio that is 2-10 % better than the ratio provided by PKZip and WinZip
  • Strong AES-256 encryption in 7z and ZIP formats
  • Self-extracting capability for 7z format
  • Integration with Windows Shell
  • Powerful File Manager
  • Localizations for 87 languages.

You can download 7-Zip for free from the official 7-Zip page.


5. PeaZip

PeaZip free compression tool windows 10

PeaZip is free file archiver utility that works with more than 180 archive formats. If you’re tired of ads, you’ll be glad to know that PeaZip doesn’t contain any ads.

This tool also deploys a powerful and complete file manager, and strong security features, such as strong encryption, encrypted password manager, secure delete, and file hashing. The user interface is very friendly, with an intuitive design.

You can download PeaZip for free from the official PeaZip website.

Editor’s Note: This article continues on the next page. If you’re interested in other file compression software, check out our wide collection of guides.