How Do I Open a Zip File in AutoCAD?

How Do I Open a Zip File in AutoCAD?

If you’ve received a zip file containing AutoCAD drawings and are wondering how to open it, you’re in the right place. This tutorial will guide you through the process step by step.

Step 1: Extracting the Zip File

The first thing you need to do is extract the contents of the zip file. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Locate the zip file on your computer.
  2. Right-click on the zip file.
  3. Select “Extract All” from the context menu that appears.
  4. In the extraction wizard window, choose a destination folder where you want to extract the files.
  5. Click on the “Extract” button.

Step 2: Opening AutoCAD and Accessing Files

Once you have extracted the files from the zip archive, it’s time to open AutoCAD and access them. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Launch AutoCAD.
  2. In AutoCAD’s menu bar, navigate to “File”.
    • Select “Open”.
      • A new window will appear.


If you can’t find your desired drawing file in the file explorer window, make sure to change the file type filter to “DWG (*.dwg)” or “All Files (*. *)”, depending on your requirements.

Step 3: Opening the Drawing File

Now that you have located the desired drawing file, follow these steps to open it in AutoCAD:

  1. Select the drawing file by clicking on it once.
  2. Click on the “Open” button.


You have successfully opened a zip file containing AutoCAD drawings. You can now start working with them in AutoCAD and make any necessary edits or modifications.

Troubleshooting Tips:

  • If you encounter any issues while extracting or opening the zip file, ensure that you have a compatible version of AutoCAD installed on your computer. Additionally, double-check if the zip archive is not corrupted or damaged.

Remember, working with compressed files in AutoCAD is a convenient way to store and transport multiple drawings. By following these simple steps, you can quickly access and work with your files without any hassle.

Happy designing!