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How do I compress the contents of a folder and later restore it?

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How do I compress the contents of a folder and later restore it?

The steps you take to zip folders and their contents will vary according to your preference. For additional information on this subject, please see Related Articles at the bottom of this article.

How to Zip a folder

  1. Zipping a folder from the Default view
  2. Using the context menu to zip a folder

How to Unzip a folder

  1. Unzipping a folder from an open Zip file
  2. Using the context menu to unzip a folder

If your operating system is Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista; you can easily zip a folder from the Default view. To do this:

  1. Open WinZip and click one of the Places in the Files pane, in order to locate the folder you want to zip

Click one of the Places

  1. After you select your folder, you can do one of the following:
    • Drag the folder to the Zip file pane and drop it
    • Click the Add to Zip button

Drag to the Zip file pane or click Add

  1. The Zip file pane now shows the folder you added. You can deselect the folder in the Files pane and add more to the Zip file or you can make choices in the Actions pane to convert, save, and/or share your Zip file.

Continue zipping or choose an Action

If you have configured WinZip to use the Classic view, you will need to work with the ribbon and you may need to have a Windows Explorer folder window open. The archived article for WinZip 17 or WinZip 18 can be used as a guide in this case.

If you are working in a Windows Explorer folder window, you can quickly create a Zip file using the context menu. To do this with a folder, you would:

  1. Locate the folder you want to zip in Explorer
  2. Right click the folder
  3. Choose Add to filename.zip or use another "Add" option from the WinZip submenu

Zip a folder with the WinZip context menu

If you have the WinZip Express for Explorer add-on installed, you also have the option to click Zip and Share (WinZip Express) when you right click. This also will zip your folder, but will give you many additional options for naming, converting, saving, and sharing.

You can easily unzip your folder from an open Zip file. Here are 2 ways to do that:

  1. Find your target folder in the Files pane, click on your folder in the Zip file pane, and then drag and drop it on the target folder

Drag and drop the folder

  1. Click Unzip to in the Actions pane (you can click the arrow to the right of Unzip to if you want to select a different target folder)

Click Unzip to

Note: In Classic view, you can click 1-click Unzip to get the same results as number 2 above. However, before using this method in the Classic view, click the Settings tab and make sure Use folder names is checked in Unzip Settings.

Use folder names should be checked

If you are working in a Windows Explorer folder window, you can quickly unzip a folder from a Zip file using the context menu. To do this:

  1. Find your Zip file
  2. Right click on the Zip file
  3. Choose an "Extract" option from the WinZip submenu of the context menu

Unzip a folder with the WinZip context menu

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

Related Articles:
How do I control the folder information WinZip stores in a Zip file?
Quick examples of how to zip files with WinZip
How to Zip files with their folder information

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