WinZip is tightly integrated with Windows and makes comprehensive use of Windows' drag and drop, desktop, and context menu features. Many WinZip users find that they can accomplish most of their common zip-related tasks without ever opening a WinZip window.
Here are some of the things you can do using drag and drop:
- Compress files and folders by dragging them to a Zip file. It doesn't matter where the Zip file is: it could be open in a WinZip window; it could be displayed in an open folder window; it could be an icon on the desktop; it could even be showing in the Open File listing of an application. It doesn't matter where the files and folders you want to add are, either. If you can see the Zip file and what you want to add to it, just drag and drop, and WinZip does the rest.
- Add files to the Zip file of your choice by dragging them to the WinZip desktop icon
- Extract files from a Zip file by dragging them from a WinZip window to the folder of your choice
- Extract all of the files from a Zip file by dragging it with the right mouse button to a folder or folder icon
- Open or view files in a Zip file by dragging them from the WinZip window to the appropriate application icon or window
- Print files from a Zip file by dragging them to a printer or printer icon
And you can perform the most-needed Zip operations using Explorer context menus, too; just select the items of interest (files, folders, or Zip files), right click, and:
- Add the items to a Zip file: You can choose an automatically named Zip file, a Zip file of your own choosing (including new ones), or you can pick from a list of recently used Zip files.
- Zip and E-Mail the selected items.
If the selected item is a Zip file, you can:
- Extract files: You can extract to the current folder, an automatically named subfolder, any of a list of recently used folders, or any folder of your choice. You can even extract from multiple Zip files in one operation by selecting them all before right-clicking.
- Convert the Zip file to a self-extracting Zip file
- Encrypt the Zip file using either AES encryption or standard Zip 2.0 encryption
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