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Add Dialog Box Options

The Add Files dialog box includes these options:

  • File name - if this is a new Zip file, you can specify the name in this field. If you are adding files to an existing Zip file, this field is pre-filled with the name of the existing time and the field is not editable.
  • Destination - if this is a new Zip file, the Destination group will list the target location where the new Zip file will be created. Click the Change Destination button to change the target location. This group is not shown if the Zip file is an existing file.
  • The Compression Type group determines the compression method that will be used when adding the files to the Zip file.
    • .Zip: Legacy (max. compatibility): This method, referred to as Maximum Deflate in earlier versions of WinZip, provides good, fast compression that is compatible with virtually all Zip file utilities. You may want to choose this option if speed of compression is a primary concern or if you are sending the Zip file to others who may not have a Zip file utility that can extract files compressed with newer methods.
    • .Zipx: Best method: This choice allows WinZip to choose the best compression method for each file based on the file type. You may want to choose this option if compressed file size is a primary concern. Choosing Best method will result in a .zipx file; so if you are planning to share these Zip files with others, you should be sure that they are using WinZip 12.1 or later. The Jpeg compression and WavPack compression methods are only available when using Best method.
  • Filters - this group lists the current filters that are saved in WinZip. The default options are:
    • No filtering - no filtering will be performed during the add operation.
    • +*.*;Full Path - all selected files/folders will be added. The full path to the selected files will also be saved. For example, if the selected file named foo.txt is in a folder c:\test1\test2, then the foo.txt will be added to the Zip file with the complete path of folders test1\test2\foo.txt.
    • +*.*;Hid/Sys - all selected files/folders will be added including any files/folders that have the Hidden and System attributes set. Normally, these files are not included.
    • +*.*;Full Path,Hid/Sys - this is a combination of the previous filters.
  • Encryption - if the Encrypt files checkbox is checked, the files you are adding will be encrypted. WinZip will prompt for an encryption method and password. Please be sure to read About Encryption before using encryption.
  • Conversions - this groups allows you to specify any conversions that you wish to apply to the selected files as they are added to the Zip file. The original files that remain on your computer are not changed.
    • Convert to PDF - selecting this option will cause any supported file type (such as .doc, xls, etc.) to be converted to a PDF before it is added to the Zip file.
    • Reduce photos - selecting this option will cause any image files that are being added to be reduced in size before being saved to the Zip file. For example, if your original photo is 1024 x 768 in size, you can have it automatically reduced to 640 x 480 as it is being added. This will reduce the overall size of your Zip file and can make sharing the Zip file via email or uploading/downloading on the internet faster.
  • Click the Add button to begin the zipping operation. You can also click the down arrow to the right of the Add button to see more available actions. The drop-down list provides two choices. Note that all of these choices replace any files already in the archive that have the same name and folder information as files that are being added or updated:
    • Add - adds all specified files to the archive; this is the same as just clicking the Add button.
    • Move - adds all specified files/folder AND the original files/folders are moved to the Recycle Bin after they have been added.