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
- Zipping a folder from the Default view
- Using the context menu to zip a folder
How to Unzip a folder
- Unzipping a folder from an open Zip file
- Using the context menu to unzip a folder
Zipping a folder from the Default view
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:
- Open WinZip and click one of the Places in the Files pane, in order to locate the folder you want to zip
- 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
- 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.
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.
Using the context menu to zip a folder
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:
- Locate the folder you want to zip in Explorer
- Right click the folder
- Choose Add to filename.zip or use another "Add" option from the WinZip submenu
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.
Unzipping a folder from an open Zip file
You can easily unzip your folder from an open Zip file. Here are 2 ways to do that:
- 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
- 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)
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.
Using the context menu to unzip a folder
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:
- Find your Zip file
- Right click on the Zip file
- Choose an "Extract" option from the WinZip submenu of the context menu
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