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Hints and Tips - Legacy toolbar

These are the hints and tips displayed by the "Tip of the Day" window when the WinZip Legacy toolbar is active. To see the tips for the WinZip Ribbon interface, jump to the Hints and Tips - Ribbon interface topic.

  • WinZip can resize zipped images before e-mailing. In Windows Explorer, select the pictures you wish to send, right-click the selection, and choose either “Zip and E-mail” or “Zip and E-mail Plus”. WinZip will prompt you to resize the images to be zipped; this can greatly reduce your transmission time and mailbox space without altering the original images.
  • WinZip enhances the security of your encrypted Zip files by automatically wiping and then deleting any temporarily extracted files to prevent unauthorized people from recovering the deleted files.
  • WinZip's Explorer-style view makes it easy to manage your multi-folder Zip files. You can see how it's organized, add folders, add new files to specific folders, and more. Just click the View Style button.
  • The Tip of the Day window is normally displayed when you start WinZip except when you are opening a Zip file. You can change this behavior using the combo box in the Tip of the Day dialog.
  • When you are adding files that you want to be encrypted, it is more efficient to encrypt them while adding than to encrypt them later with the Encrypt menu item.
  • If you forget to encrypt files when you add them, you can encrypt them later by choosing Encrypt from the Actions menu.
  • For quick zipping and unzipping, you can right click on a file listed in Windows Explorer and choose Add to Zip file or Extract to from Windows Explorer's context menu.
  • The WinZip Quick Pick taskbar tray icon provides instant access to recently used archives, recently run job files, your Favorite Zip Folders, WinZip help, and WinZip itself. Learn about it here.
  • You can extract from multiple Zip files (.zip or .zipx) in one operation. Simply select two or more Zip files in Windows Explorer or My Computer, right click one of the files, and choose one of the Extract options in the WinZip context menu. Extract to and Extract to here using file names for folders are good choices as they allow you to use separate folders for each Zip file.
  • For answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), choose Frequently Asked Questions from WinZip's Help menu or press F1 now.
  • You can unzip all files from a Zip file without leaving Windows Explorer. Use the right mouse button to drag and drop a .zip or .zipx file from an Explorer window to any folder, then choose Extract to from the context menu. Be sure to use the right mouse button while dragging.
  • You can create Zip files in Windows Explorer: right click in the Contents pane, then choose New and either WinZip File or WinZip Zipx File. An empty .zip or .zipx file will be created in the current folder.
  • You can add, remove, or reorder buttons on the WinZip toolbar by right clicking on the toolbar and choosing Select Buttons.
  • WinZip's toolbar buttons look much better if your display is in 16- or 32-bit color mode.
  • For some quick lessons on how to use WinZip's main features, choose Brief Tutorial from WinZip's Help menu.
  • If you usually use the same folders when opening, extracting, or adding files, choose Configuration from WinZip's Options menu and specify the folders in the Folders tab.
  • If you need to send files to users who may not have an unzip utility, try "WinZip Self-Extractor Personal Edition" (included with WinZip). The self-extractor makes files that unzip themselves. First create a Zip file, then choose Make .Exe File from the WinZip Actions menu.
  • To display details about the open Zip file, choose Test from the WinZip Actions menu and check Include full details in the test output.
  • Mailing your Zip files is easy! If you are using a MAPI-compatible mail system, you can mail Zip files using the Send To... Mail Recipient entry in the WinZip File menu. Or, use the Zip and E-Mail or Zip and E-Mail Plus features from Windows Explorer's context menu to quickly zip and e-mail any file.
  • You can e-mail selected items from the currently open archive by selecting one or more items from the archive, opening Send To from the File menu and choosing Mail Recipient.
  • The file listing in the main WinZip window can be quickly sorted by any of the fields displayed in the file listing. Just click on any column title to sort on it.
  • You can quickly extract files from a Zip file by dragging the files from WinZip to any folder or Windows Explorer window (or even to the desktop).
  • You can quickly add files to a Zip file by dragging the files from any folder or Windows Explorer window to WinZip.
  • Besides Zip files, WinZip processes many other formats, including RAR, 7Z, ISO, IMG, BZ2, BZ, TBZ, TBZ2, TAR, Z, GZ, TGZ, LZH, LHA, CAB, UUencode, BinHex, and MIME.
  • If you can't remember where you put your Zip files, you can use the Favorite Zip Folders feature to find them. Choose Favorite Zip Folders from the WinZip File menu.
  • You can easily view files in a Zip file by dragging them to an application or a shortcut to an application.
  • You can easily print files by dragging them to a printer icon or a shortcut to a printer. (To print a list of files in a Zip file, choose Print from WinZip's File menu.)
  • You can open recently accessed Zip files from the Start menu’s “Recent Items” list or the WinZip Quick Pick taskbar tray icon.
  • You can add selected files to a Zip file directly from Windows Explorer with complete control over the options. Right click on any file (or selected group of files) and choose Add to Zip file from the context menu.
  • Mailing your Zip files is easy! If you are using a MAPI-compatible mail system, you can mail Zip files using the “Email” and “My Zip” commands within the “Share” ribbon. Or, use the “Zip and Email” or “Zip and Email Plus” feature from Windows Explorer’s context menu to quickly zip and e-mail any file.
  • WinZip can install software, desktop themes, and screen savers contained in Zip files. To use this feature, simply open a .zip or .zipx file containing a software installation (SETUP.EXE or INSTALL.EXE), theme, or screen saver and click Install.
  • To open or view multiple files in an archive contents list, hold down the Ctrl key while clicking the files. Then click the View button on the toolbar to view the files or right click on any selected file to display the context menu.
  • WinZip displays useful information about .zip and .zipx files you select in Windows Explorer. The information appears in a tooltip or, if "View as Web Page" is enabled, in the description area of the web page. The Windows Desktop Update (Active Desktop) must be installed and WinZip shell extensions enabled in order to use this feature.
  • WinZip can automatically display the Zip comment when you open a Zip file that contains a comment. When the open Zip file has a comment, you can click the comment icon on the status bar to view and edit the comment.

More Hints and Tips

  • To switch to another program during an archive operation, click on the window for the other program or hold down the Alt key and press the Tab key repeatedly until the program's icon is selected.
  • Note: you cannot use the WinZip® system menu or minimize button during archive operations. However, you can minimize WinZip using the minimize button if you do the following steps prior to beginning the Zip operation:
    1. Click on the Miscellaneous tab in the Configuration dialog.
    2. Check the Display status dialog for long operations option and click OK.
  • You can move or copy files from one archive to another by opening multiple WinZip windows, one for each archive, and dragging files from one to the other.
    If you are unable to open multiple WinZip windows, uncheck Reuse WinZip Windows in the Options menu.

Related Topics:

Hints and Tips - Ribbon interface

Hints For Working With Downloaded Files

Using the Explorer Interface

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)