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How do I control the folder information WinZip stores in a Zip file?

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Last updated: 26 Aug, 2015
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When you zip the contents of a folder, there are three ways in which you are likely to want folder information stored.

  1. Store subfolder information without storing the selected folder (picture)
  2. Store complete information, starting from the root folder (picture)
  3. Store the selected folder and its subfolders (picture)

Contents of the 10October folder - Documents library

Please refer to the picture of an open folder window above to understand the example pictures that follow. In each picture of the WinZip window, a Zip file has been created containing the files in the 10October folder. You can then refer to the instructions that follow to create your own Zip file with similar folder information.

October1.zipx only contains files and subfolders
A. Subfolders stored in October1.zipx

October2.zipx contains full folder information (up to the drive letter)
B. Complete folder information stored in October2.zipx

October3.zipx contains the folder itself along with files and subfolders
C. Selected folder stored with subfolders in October3.zipx


How do I store folder information only for subfolders?

Default view

  1. Start WinZip, find the folder containing the files you want to zip in the Files pane and open it (10October)
  2. Click the box in the bottom left of the Files pane to select all files (and subfolders) in the open folder
  3. Click the Add to zip button
  4. Click Save as, choose a target folder, type a name for your Zip file, and click Save

Classic view

  1. Start WinZip, click From PC or Cloud, find the folder containing the files you want to zip and open it (10October)
  2. Click Add; the WinZip window will display showing your Zip file contents
  3. When you are done adding files, click To PC or Cloud
  4. Choose a target folder, type a name for your Zip file, and click Save

XP users

  1. Start WinZip, click Add, find the folder containing the files you want to zip and open it (10October)
  2. Click Add with wildcards; the WinZip window will display showing your Zip file contents
  3. When you are done adding files, click File and choose Save
  4. Choose a target folder, type a name for your Zip file, and click OK

How do I store complete folder information?

With either the Default view or the Classic view, you will first need to:

  1. Click the Create/Share tab, click Filters, click Add a filter
  2. Click the Options tab, click Full Path Information to turn it on, and click OK

Default view

  1. Click the Create/Share tab, click Filters, and click +*.*;FP to select it
  2. Find the folder containing the files you want to zip in the Files pane and open it (10October)
  3. Click the box in the bottom left of the Files pane to select all files (and subfolders) in the open folder
  4. Click the Add to zip button
  5. Click Save as, choose a target folder, type a name for your Zip file, and click Save

Classic view

  1. In the Create/Share tab, click Filters, and click +*.*;FP to select it
  2. Click From PC or Cloud, find the folder containing the files you want to zip and open it (10October)
  3. Click Add; the WinZip window will display showing your Zip file contents
  4. When you are done adding files, click To PC or Cloud
  5. Choose a target folder, type a name for your Zip file, and click Save

XP users

  1. Start WinZip and click Add, find the folder containing the files you want to zip and open it (10October)
  2. Check the box next to Save full path info and click Add with wildcards; the WinZip window will display showing your Zip file contents
  3. When you are done adding files, click File and choose Save
  4. Choose a target folder, type a name for your Zip file, and click OK

How do I store folder information for the selected folder and its subfolders

Default view

  1. Start WinZip, find and open the parent folder (Letters) of the folder you want to zip (10October)
  2. Click the box next to the folder you want to zip (10October) and click the Add to Zip button
  3. Click Save as, choose a target folder, type a name for your Zip file, and click Save

Classic view

  1. Start WinZip, click From PC or Cloud, find and open the parent folder (Letters) of the folder you want to zip (10October)
  2. Click the folder you want to add to select it (10October) and click Add; the WinZip window will display showing your Zip file contents
  3. When you are done adding files, click To PC or Cloud
  4. Choose a target folder, type a name for your Zip file, and click Save

XP users

The context menu method below will work with all views, operating systems, and WinZip versions.

  1. Open a Windows Explorer folder window, find, and open the parent folder (Letters) of the folder you want to zip (10October)
  2. Right click the folder you want to zip (10October), and choose Add to Zip file from the WinZip context menu
  3. Type a name for you Zip file, choose any options if you want, and click Add
  4. Choose a target folder and click OK

Note: You can use WinZip Express for Explorer to achieve the same results as those above. Just click Zip and Share (WinZip Express) when you right click and the WinZip Express dialog will open. This will also provide additional features, such as sharing your file as a link.

If you have any questions about this information, please email Technical Support.

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