Shrinking files using the highest compression settings for the 7z format can admittedly take a long while, but of course all of the common file formats such as ZIP, RAR, TAR and others are also supported, in which case 7-Zip will generally perform faster than its counterparts. Other features include integration with the Windows shell, the ability to create self-extracting archives, and password protection.
There’s not much more one can say about a file archiver. Bottom line is, whenever you receive a compressed file, chances are that 7-Zip can deal with it fast and without a hitch.
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