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The Encrypt Window

The Encrypt window allows you to specify a password when encrypting files.

If you are using the Actions pane, click Options and then click Encryption Settings to set the encryption level.

If you are using the WinZip® Ribbon interface, set the encryption level by clicking the Conversion Settings button in the Settings tab and then clicking Encryption.

If you are using the Legacy Toolbar interface, the Encrypt window also allows you to select the encryption level (Zip 2.0 compatible, 128-Bit AES, or 256-Bit AES).

The Encrypt window is displayed

  • when files are being added to a Zip file and you have enabled the Encrypt button in the Create/Share or Edit tab of the WinZip Ribbon.
  • when files are being added to a Zip file and you have checked the Encrypt added files check box in the Add window when using the Legacy Toolbar.
  • when you choose Encrypt from the Actions menu of the Legacy Toolbar interface. This action encrypts or re-encrypts all files in the Zip file.
  • when you choose Encrypt from the WinZip shortcut menu in Windows Explorer. This action also encrypts or re-encrypts all files in the Zip file.

Note that the Encrypt window displays the Password Policy settings from your WinZip configuration. These are the rules that govern password validation.

To begin encrypting files:

  • Type the desired password in the Enter password edit field (read about passwords in the "Notes on using encryption" section).
  • Tip: check the Hide the password check box to prevent the password from being displayed as you type it. If you check this option, the dialog will require you to type the password twice for confirmation (to avoid typographical errors in the password).
  • Click the desired encryption method in the Encryption method area. (Note: this option appears for Zip files only.)
  • Click OK to begin the action you requested.

See also

About Encryption

Using Encryption

Password Policy in your WinZip configuration