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Microsoft starts testing more compressed file format support for Windows 11

Microsoft has announced that Windows 11 will now support more compressed file formats in addition to .Zip. The company has started rolling out this support with the latest Windows 11 Insider Preview build in the Dev channel. The recent Insider Preview Build 23495 also includes changes to the volume mixer in the operating system.

According to a report from Windows Latest, Windows 11 Insider Build 23493 introduces native support for file archives like .RAR and 7zp. This new support enables users to decompress and compress these file formats directly on their PCs without the need for additional software.

Users will benefit from Microsoft’s added support for more compressed file formats in Windows 11. Similar to the existing support for .ZIP files, users can now read and compress files in .RAR and .7zp formats directly within the File Explorer window. This means that users can easily extract the content of these formats by right-clicking on an archive and selecting the option to extract it to a separate folder. Likewise, users can select files or folders and archive them in one of the supported formats such as .tar, .tar.gz, .tar.bz2, .tar.zst, .tar.xz, .tgz, .tbz2, .tzst, .txz, .rar, and .7z.

The support for these additional file formats is currently rolling out to Windows Insider Preview users on the Dev channel, specifically with the Windows Insider Build 23495. It is expected that Microsoft will include this support in the stable build with the Windows 11 23H2 update.

In addition to the file format support, the latest preview build of Windows 11 also introduces a new volume mixer. The redesigned volume mixer provides users with a fresh layout that displays all customization settings prominently and allows for easy adjustment based on individual preferences.

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