|If you are using WinZip 14.5 to WinZip 16.5, you should see this archived article about the same subject.
The WinZip ribbon interface is not available in Windows XP. If you are using Windows XP or an older version of WinZip, please see Related Articles.
Before you start zipping files, you may want to configure the options available in the Advanced and/or Convert Files As They Are Added sections of the Create/Edit tab. Except for Full Path Information, the options in the Options drop down menu and the four check boxes will default to being off whenever you open WinZip.
A number of broad category filters (Office Files, Documents, Pictures, etc.) will be available to you in the Add dialog every time you zip files. However, if you expect that you will want to specifically filter the files you will be adding so that one or more file extensions are added or so that one or more file extensions are excluded you can click the Filter button to create your specific filter. After you have created a filter, it will be available on the Filter drop down menu for future file zipping. It can also be edited or deleted.
You may also want to define the compression method in the Zip section of the Settings tab.
The Add From My PC and Add From Cloud buttons
When you have your options set as you like, you can click the Add From My PC or the Add From Cloud button to open the Add dialog. Note: When a Zip file is open in WinZip, these Add buttons will be found on the Edit tab.
After finding the files and/or folders you want to zip, you can click the Add button in this dialog. If you set a custom filter, files will be included and/or excluded according to that filter. If you want to use one of the included broad category filters, you can choose it from the drop down menu that reads All Files by default. You can also choose Freshen, Move, or Update from the Add drop down menu.
The WinZip window will now display showing what you have added. You can add more at this point or you can click Save Zip when you have finished. After you click Save Zip, you will need to browse to the location where you want to save your Zip file, type the name you wish to use, and click Save.
If you have further questions about zipping files or you encounter an issue using this information, please email Technical Support.
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