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Zip and Share (WinZip Express) for Explorer

The WinZip® Express for Explorer add-on gives you instant access to WinZip's most popular features right from Windows Explorer. Just right-click files and/or folders to launch WinZip Express for Explorer, then choose your settings for encryption, image resizing, sharing, and more.

Launching WinZip Express for Explorer

To launch WinZip Express for Explorer, right-click a file or folder in Windows Explorer and click Zip and Share (WinZip Express).



To zip and share multiple files and/or folders, select them and then right-click one of the items you selected.

Using WinZip Express for Explorer

When WinZip Express for Explorer is launched, you will see the WinZip Express dialog:



Simply set the options the way you want them and click Create New Zip File.

Type a name for the Zip file

WinZip will suggest a unique name for the Zip file. You can change the name here by simply typing it. If you are going to save the Zip file to your PC, don't include the folder name here; that will be specified when the Zip file is saved.

Compression type 

Choose what type of compression you would like WinZip to use.

  • .Zip: Legacy compression: Choose this option if you frequently share your files with others who may be using older Zip file utilities. The compressed files will usually be larger than they would be if compressed with the Best method option, but your recipients will be able to use any Zip file utility to view them.
  • .Zipx: Best method:  Choose this option to provide optimal compression for minimal use of storage space. Best method uses a special compression method that compresses JPEG pictures better than other methods with no loss of picture quality (there is no loss of picture quality with any WinZip compression method). Choosing Best method will result in a .zipx file. To extract these Zip files, you will need WinZip 12.1 or later.

Encryption

Check Encrypt files if you want to encrypt the files as they are added to your Zip file. Click the settings button (>) to select the type of encryption.

Conversions before zipping

These options allow you to convert Office documents to PDF files, and to resize and/or watermark PDFs and images that are being added to your Zip file.

  • Check Convert to PDF to convert Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations to PDF files as the are added. Click the settings button (>) to set PDF conversion options.
  • Check Reduce photos if you want to reduce the size your pictures and other images as they are added. Click the settings button (>) to select the desired size.
  • Check Watermark if you want to add a watermark to your PDFs, pictures, and other images as they are added. Click the settings button (>) to select the watermark and the watermarking options.

Zip file destination

This section tells WinZip what to do with the finished Zip file. The options allow you to save and/or share the file.

  • Save Zip file to: If you want to save your Zip file, choose My PC/Cloud (to save the file to your PC, network location, or cloud storage service). Note that you don't need to save the Zip file in order to share it using the options described below.
  • Share as Attachment using: Check the E-mail option if you want to send your Zip file as an e-mail attachment. You will have an opportunity to specify the recipients, subject, and content. 
  • Share as Link using:
    • E-mail: WinZip will upload the Zip file to a cloud service and then create an e-mail message containing a link to the file. You will have an opportunity to specify the recipients, subject, and content. 
    • Instant Messaging: WinZip will upload the Zip file to a cloud service and then send a link to the file via instant messaging. You will have an opportunity to specify the message content and select the recipients.
    • Social media: WinZip will upload the Zip file to a cloud service and send a link to the file via Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. You will have an opportunity to select the service and, for Facebook and LinkedIn, the recipients.

Note that you can choose more than one option in the Share as Link section.

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