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Folders (Configuration)

Select the Folders tab from the Configuration Window to control these options:

Start-up folder

This setting is obsolete. It will be removed from future versions of WinZip®.

Extract folder

These selections determine the default folder that WinZip will use for unzipping.

In the WinZip ribbon, this affects the Location field of the Unzip/Share tab; you can override it by clicking the Location button.

In the legacy toolbar interface, it sets the initial contents of the Extract to field in the Extract dialog. You can type over this default folder name or select a different folder from the folder list.

  • Open archive folder - WinZip uses the name of the folder containing the open WinZip file. For example, if c:\download\tools.zip is open, WinZip will use c:\download.
  • Last extract folder - WinZip uses the name of the folder you used during the last unzip operation, unless it is on your A: or B: drive. This value is saved when you exit WinZip so you can use it during your next WinZip session.
  • Folder - WinZip always uses the specified folder. This value is saved when you exit WinZip so you can use it during your next WinZip session.

Add folder

These selections determine the default folder when the Add dialog is opened.

  • Open archive folder - WinZip uses the folder containing the open archive.
  • Last add folder - WinZip uses the folder you used during the last Add operation, unless it is on your A: or B: drive. This value is saved when you exit WinZip so you can use it during your next WinZip session.
  • Folder - WinZip always uses the specified folder. This value is saved when you exit WinZip so you can use it during your next WinZip session.

Working folder

When an existing Zip file is modified (for example, by adding files), WinZip must make a temporary copy of the Zip file. Normally, WinZip will create the temporary Zip file in the folder containing the open Zip file. If, however, the open Zip file is on removable media (e.g., diskettes), WinZip will create the temporary Zip file in the folder specified here. This is done because there may not be enough free space on the removable media to hold two copies of the file.

You can tell WinZip to use the specified folder for all Zip files, including those on nonremovable media, by unchecking the box labeled Use for removable media only.

The working folder is also used as a staging area when creating new Zip files on CD or DVD.

Temp folder

This entry specifies the location for temporary files created by WinZip, including files created during the View operation. If you run out of disk space during a View operation, change the Temp Folder to specify a drive and folder with sufficient free space.

Unzip and Try base folder

If specified, WinZip uses this folder as the prefix for the default folder in the Unzip and Try dialog. If this field is left blank WinZip will instead use the folder containing the open archive.

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