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Decoding Files using WinZip

You do not need to worry if the file being received is UUencoded, XXencoded, BinHex, or a MIME file (base64, plain/text, and quoted-printable). WinZip® will detect the method being used and automatically decode it.

As is the case with Zip files, WinZip offers more than one way to open encoded files. For example:

  • Double click the encoded file in My Computer or Windows Explorer. WinZip will open and decode the file. If it is a Zip file, it will offer to open it; if it has not been compressed, it will be shown in the usual manner.
  • Drag and drop the encoded file onto the WinZip icon.
  • Use WinZip in the regular manner to Extract the file to your folder of choice.

Note: You can also open a file using Open (from PC/Cloud) on the File tab of the WinZip Ribbon. Alternatively, you can drag and drop a file into WinZip, regardless of the file's extension.


UUencoded, XXencoded, BinHex, and MIME files

Sending Files using Internet Mail

The Why behind UUencoding and Other Schemes

Receiving and Preparing Files for Decoding

Decoding Files using WinZip

UUencoding a File using WinZip

Mailing a UUencoded File

Hints, Tips, & Troubleshooting