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Using the Single folder View

The WinZip® Default view displays the contents of a WinZip file in a folder view, referred to in earlier versions as an Explorer View. With Windows XP, this view is called Files by Folder (Explorer Style) View. In either case, WinZip displays your Zip file structure showing folder information (if it exists) as well as files. You can see the actual structure of your Zip file with regard to which files are contained within which folder. This is helpful as a visual representation of the Zip file structure. You can navigate into folders and see the files. You can create new folders within the Zip file and then add new files to that folder. Please see The Intuitive WinZip Interface in the Knowledge Base for more information about the view options available.

In the Explorer Style view with Windows XP, you will notice a Navigation bar along with various icons (if you are using the WinZip Ribbon interface, you can show or hide the navigation bar by checking or unchecking Navigation Bar in the View tab):

  • "Go" to address displayed in the Address bar
  • Navigate "Up one level"
  • "Display folder tree"
  • "Change the item display style"
  • "Create a folder"

The Navigation bar allows you to quickly type in the path to the file that you are looking for and click the Go to button, or press Enter, rather than navigating through the various folders in your Zip file.

Go to is used to navigate you to the address currently displayed in the Navigation bar.

Up one level is used to navigate back one folder level from your current position in the Zip file.

Display folder tree is a toggle button used to move between an Explorer Style and My Computer style view.

Change the item display style allows you to change the List view display to the show the amount of file/folder detail you want to see.

Create a folder allows you to create a new folder at your current location in the Zip file.

Adding the Folders pane adds an additional panel to the WinZip Window. You will notice that folders are displayed in the left or Folders pane and files and folders are displayed in the right or List View pane. This option gives the added notation that subfolders are contained within the folders. You can quickly see if a folder contains a subfolder because, as in Windows Explorer, there is a folder expansion icon next to each folder containing a subfolder. In the WinZip Ribbon interface, you can toggle if the Folders in WinZip File pane on the left is displayed by clicking on the Folder Tree button on the Window tab.

Using Drag and Drop

Adding files or folders to an existing folder in a Zip file

  1. Open the intended Zip file.
  2. Navigate to and open the folder into which you wish to add.
  3. Finally, drag the files or folders you wish to add into this open folder.

Extracting folders from a Zip file

  1. Open the Zip file that contains the folder you wish to extract.
  2. Navigate to the level in which you see the desired folder (in the right pane, if you are using the two-pane variation of this view).
  3. Drag and drop the folder to the desired location (such as a folder in My Computer or Windows Explorer, the Desktop, or My Documents).

Note: files dragged and dropped from a Zip file are first extracted to the Windows temporary folder and then copied to the selected location. It is more efficient to extract a folder using the Extract dialog when the folder being extracted contains a large number of files.