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Explorer Enhancements (WinZip Options)

Select the Explorer Enhancements tab from the Configuration Window to control WinZip's® Windows Explorer enhancements.

You can disable all of the Explorer enhancements by clearing the checkbox labeled Enable Explorer enhancements (including additional Drag and Drop features). If this box is checked, you can control the enhancements individually as follows:

Note: In order to change the checkbox setting for Enable Explorer enhancements (including additional Drag and Drop features), you will need administrative privileges. If you are using Windows Vista or later, right click on the WinZip shortcut on the Desktop and select Run as administrator. This operation allows you to gain administrative privileges by elevating your user rights via the User Account Control window.

General

  • The Display context menu items in a submenu checkbox controls whether the WinZip Explorer context menu items are displayed in the main Explorer context menu or in a submenu.
  • The Display icons on context menus checkbox determines whether a small WinZip icon is displayed to the left of the WinZip Explorer context menu items.
  • The "Add to" includes folder information checkbox determines how folder information is stored when you right click a folder in Windows Explorer or My Computer and then choose Add to folder-name.zip(x) from the WinZip Explorer context menu. If this box is checked, folder information will be stored for all files added. If it is not checked, folder information will be stored only for files added from subfolders of the selected folder.

Check for self-extracting files

When the WinZip Explorer context menu is displayed for an EXE file, WinZip can check to see if it is a self-extracting Zip or CAB file. This operation can take a few seconds; you can use the following options to control whether or not it is performed on various types of media.

  • If the On Local hard drives checkbox is checked, WinZip will check EXE files located on local hard drives. This operation is normally quite fast.
  • If the On removable disks (e.g., diskettes) checkbox is checked, WinZip will check EXE files located on removable media. This operation may take a few seconds.
  • If the On other drives (e.g., network drives) checkbox is checked, WinZip will check EXE files on other storage devices such as network drives. The speed of this operation depends on the speed of the device, network connection, etc.

Display comment tooltips for Zip files

When the mouse pointer is hovered over a Zip file (.zip or .zipx) in a Windows Explorer or My Computer window, WinZip can display a tooltip containing basic information about the Zip file, including the number of files in the Zip file and the Zip file comment. This operation can take a few seconds; you can use the following options to control whether or not it is performed on various types of media.

  • If On Local hard drives is checked, WinZip will display tooltips for Zip files located on local hard drives. This operation is normally quite fast.
  • If the On removable disks (e.g., diskettes) checkbox is checked, WinZip will display tooltips for Zip files located on removable media. This operation may take a few seconds.
  • If the On other drives (e.g., network drives) checkbox is checked, WinZip will display tooltips for Zip files on other storage devices such as network drives. The speed of this operation depends on the speed of the device, network connection, etc.

Context menu commands

You can use this list to enable or disable many of the WinZip Explorer context menu entries individually. Check the appropriate checkbox to include a command in the WinZip menu, or clear it to remove the command from the menu (see Explorer Context Menu Enhancements for descriptions of the individual commands).

Note: the command labeled Open unassociated archives with WinZip corresponds to the submenu entry Open with WinZip that appears for self-extracting archives, certain media player "skin" files, etc.

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