What is WinZip?
WinZip is a tool to make working with Zip files and other types of archive files easier. Archives are files that contain other files, and Zip files are the most common archive format. Typically, the files in an archive are compressed. WinZip uses the term "Add" to mean "compress files and add them to an archive". "Extract" means "decompress files in an archive, creating separate files on a disk". Some people use the verbs "zip" or "pack" instead of Add, and "unzip" or "unpack" instead of "extract".
What is an Archive or Zip file?
Zip files are "archives" used for storing and distributing files, and can contain one or more files. Usually the files "archived" in a Zip are compressed to save space. Zip files are often used to:
- Distribute files on the Internet: Only one Zip file transfer operation (download) is required to obtain all related files and file transfer is quicker because the archived files are compressed.
- Send a group of related files to an associate: When you distribute the collection of files as an archive you benefit from the file grouping and compression as well.
- Save disk space: If you have large files that are important but seldom used, such as large data files, simply compress these files into an archive and then unzip (or "extract") them only when needed.
How do I start WinZip?
WinZip can be started in several ways:
1. Double-click the
WinZip icon on your desktop (right).
2. Select the WinZip icon that appears near the top of the list when you click on the "Start" button (far right).
3. Select the WinZip icon on the "Start, Programs, WinZip" menu (right).
|This will then launch the program, which may show you a licence splash screen as shown left. Just click on the "I Agree" button and the WinZip Classic window will be displayed (or this window will come up straight away).|
Using WinZip Classic
Once WinZip is started, you should see the window illustrated to the right:
Here is a brief introduction to some of the features of WinZip Classic.
Quick Unzipping with WinZip Classic
1. In the WinZip Window click the "Open" toolbar button, or choose "Open Archive" from the File menu. The Open Archive dialog box will appear.
2. In the Open Archive dialog box you can locate the archive you want to unzip. Then click "Open". The contents of the archive will be displayed in the WinZip window.
3. To extract files from the archive click the 'Extract' toolbar button, or choose "Extract"… from the Actions menu. The Extract dialog box will appear.
4. In the box labelled "Extract to:" choose the folder where you want to place the extracted files and click "Extract".
That's it; you have extracted the contents of the archive to the chosen directory. You can now work with the extracted files, or choose another activity within WinZip, or close the WinZip window.
Note: You can also extract files from an archive in the WinZip Classic window by dragging them to the desired folder in Windows Explorer or to the desktop.
1. In the WinZip Window click the "New" toolbar button, or choose "New Archive" from the File menu. The New Archive dialog box will appear.
2. In the New Archive dialog box you can specify the location where you want to create the archive, and type the name you want to use for your new archive. Then click "OK". The Add dialog box will appear.
3. In the Add dialog box select the files that you want to add to your new archive and click "Add".
That's it; you have created a new archive. You can now examine the contents of your new archive, or choose another activity within WinZip, or close the WinZip window.
Note: You can also add files to an archive by dragging the files from My Computer or Windows Explorer and dropping the files on the WinZip window.
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