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The WinZip Ribbon

The WinZip Ribbon interface arranges buttons and menus into logical, related groups so you can access the power of WinZip efficiently and quickly. The WinZip Ribbon is divided into several tabs. On each tab, you will find buttons that relate to the function specified on the tab.

The WinZip Ribbon is only available in Windows Vista Service Pack 2 or later. In Windows Vista, the Platform Update for Windows Vista is also required--this update is available as part of the Windows Updates.

This is a complete list of all of the buttons available on the WinZip Ribbon. Click on the links for a more detailed description of each tab and its buttons.

Note that not all of these tabs are displayed all the time. Which tabs are displayed depends on the state of your WinZip file.

The File (Application) Menu

 

New Zip File

Create a new WinZip file (.zip or .zipx)

New LHA File

Create a new LHA file

New Zip file on CD/DVD

Create a new Zip file (.zip or .zipx) on a CD or DVD drive (WinZip® Pro and Windows XP or later only)

Open (from PC/Cloud)

Open an existing WinZip file from your PC, including locations on your network or in the cloud

Favorites

Locate a WinZip file by date or by folder from the Favorite Zip Folders window

Print

Print a listing of the open WinZip file's displayed contents

Save

Save the currently open WinZip file

Save As (to PC/Cloud)

Save the currently open WinZip file to a new folder and/or new file name

Close

Close the open WinZip file

Exit

Close WinZip

Recent/Frequent

Lists the most recent files that were opened in WinZip

 

 

The Create/Share and Edit Tabs

 Edit is displayed when an existing WinZip file is opened.

Filters Optional settings that control which files are added and what information is saved when adding files

Encrypt

Encrypt files as they are added to the WinZip file

Reduce Photos

Reduce the size of photos and other images as they are zipped

Convert to PDF

Convert documents and images to PDF files as they are zipped

Watermark

Add a watermark to images or PDF files as they are zipped

(Add to Zip) From PC or Cloud

Add files to the current WinZip file from your PC, including network locations, or the cloud

(Save) To PC or Cloud
Save the currently open WinZip file to your PC, including network locations, or the cloud

Email

(Create/Share tab only) Share your WinZip file or files from the cloud via email

Social Media
(Create/Share tab only) Share your WinZip file or files from the cloud via social media
Instant Messaging
(Create/Share tab only) Share your WinZip file or files from the cloud via instant message
What to Share
(Create/Share tab only) Determines what's being shared by the Email or Social Media buttons
Zip and Share
Zip files from the open WinZip file and save locally or to cloud storage, share by email, social media or instant message
Snap and Share
Zip photos and videos from your camera and save locally or to cloud storage, share by email, social media or instant message

Scan and Share

Scan documents to a Zip file from your scanner and save locally or to cloud storage, share by email, social media or instant message

   

The Unzip/Share tab

 This tab is displayed when an existing WinZip file is opened

Folder name

Specifies the name of the folder, located under the Location folder, to which files will be unzipped

Location

Specifies the base folder that contains the Folder name folder

1-click Unzip

Unzip files from the current WinZip file to your PC, including network locations, or the cloud

All files

Unzipping will unzip all files in the current WinZip file, ignoring selections

Selected files

Unzipping will only unzip files that are currently selected
Search
Locate and select files within the open WinZip file
Email
Share your WinZip file or files from the cloud via email
Social Media
Share your WinZip file or files from the cloud via social media
Instant Messaging
Share your WinZip file or files from the cloud via instant message
What to Share
Determines what's being shared by the Email or Social Media buttons
Zip and Share

Zip files from the open WinZip file and save locally or to cloud storage, share by email, social media or instant message

Snap and Share
Zip photos and videos from your camera and save locally or to cloud storage, share by email, social media or instant message

Scan and Share

Scan documents to a Zip file from your scanner and save locally or to cloud storage, share by email, social media, or instant message

   

The Copy To Tab


Unzip To My PC or Cloud

Unzip files from the current WinZip file to a location on your PC or in the cloud

All files

Copy all listed files, ignoring selections

Selected files

Copy only files that are currently selected
Search Locate and select files within the WinZip file

 

 

The Backup Tab

 

Documents

Zip all items in the My Documents folder for the current user

Documents Library

Zip all items in the user's Documents Library (Windows 7 or later only)

E-mail

Zip the Outlook or Windows Mail mailbox of the current user

More Backups

Additional WinZip backup jobs to zip other common folders on the computer such as Desktop, Pictures, and Favorites

Run

Launch a WinZip job

Create

Create a new WinZip job

Edit

Edit an existing WinZip job


 

The Tools Tab

 

Multi-Part Zip File

Split a Zip file into multiple parts of a specified size

Self-Extracting EXE

Create a self-extracting WinZip file

UUencoded File

UUencode the open WinZip file

Selected Files

Perform encryption or conversions such as watermarking or reducing picture sizes on the selected files

Last Output

View output from the last command issued by WinZip

Comments

View, add, edit, or delete a Zip file comment

Properties

View information about the WinZip file or a selected file within the WinZip file

Diagnostics

Test the open WinZip file for problems or errors

Unzip and Try

Unzip files and try them before deciding whether or not to keep them

Unzip and Install

Unzip and install software contained in the open WinZip file

Performance Scan

Scan the computer for file and registry issues that may impact the computer's performance

 

 

The Settings Tab

 

Split

Choose from a list, the size of each part when creating multi-part, split Zip files

Custom Size

Specify a custom size to use when creating multi-part, split Zip files

.Zip

Specify the compression method to use when creating .zip files

.Zipx

Specify the compression method to use when creating .zipx files

Conversion Settings
Set options for encryption, photo resizing, PDF conversion, and watermarking to be applied, if enabled, when adding files

Social Media


Log into or out of social media, or modify social media settings

Instant Messaging


Log into or out of IM services, or modify IM settings

Cloud Services


Log into or out of cloud service providers; set default cloud and share service

WinZip Options

Configure general WinZip settings

Unzip Settings

Additional options to control behavior when unzipping

 

 

The View Tab

 

Default

WinZip's main window shows three panes (Files, Zip, Actions) and Zip file contents are displayed in a folder tree structure similar to Windows File Explorer

Classic

WinZip's main window shows a single pane, in which all files are displayed in a flat view

Files

Turns the Files pane on and off

Actions

Turns the Actions pane on and off

Tall Rows

Display Zip file contents as tiled with thumbnails and basic file information

Table

Display Zip file contents in a grid style

Icon

Display Zip file content as rendered thumbnails and Icons

Sort by

Sort the Zip file contents in various ways

Show

Choose how items in the Zip file are displayed

Columns

Select which columns to display in the Classic display mode or when Details View is selected in the Explorer display mode

Folder Tree

Selects whether a Folder pane is shown alongside the Zip file pane as an alternate means of navigating the folder tree structure of WinZip files.

New Window

Opens a new, empty WinZip window.

Close All

Close all open WinZip windows

Switch Window

Allows you to quickly switch between different open WinZip windows

 

 

The Help Tab

 

Knowledge Base

Access WinZip's online Knowledge Base to find answers, ask questions, or get help

Hints and Tips

Display hints and tips for working productively with WinZip

Frequently Asked Questions

View answers to frequently asked questions

About

Display copyright notice, version information, and other information about WinZip

Home Page

Start your default internet browser and visit the WinZip web site

Check for Updates

Check to see if there are new notifications regarding your WinZip installation

 

 

The Buy Now Tab

This tab only displays in the Evaluation Version of WinZip

Purchase

Connect to the WinZip web site to purchase a license for your WinZip

Register

Enter your registration information for a licensed WinZip version

 

 

The Upgrade Tab

This tab only displays in the WinZip Standard version

Purchase

Connect to the WinZip web site to purchase an upgrade for your WinZip license

Register

Register your WinZip Pro license to enable the additional WinZip Pro features

 

 

The Help button

The Help button is the blue question mark icon on the right side of the ribbon

Help

Start Help and display the WinZip help table of contents