|If you are using WinZip 14.5 to WinZip 16.5, you should see this archived article about the same subject.
Before you start zipping files, you may want to configure the options available in the Advanced section of the Create/Share (Edit) tab and/or you may want to click one or more of the buttons in the Convert Files As They Are Added section. Except for Full Path Information, the items in the Options drop down menu will default to being off whenever you open WinZip. You should also inspect and configure the options available in the Settings tab.
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 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 Add a Filter on the Options drop down menu to create your specific filter. After you have created a filter, it will be available on the Options drop down menu for future file zipping. It can also be edited or removed.
The Add From My PC and Add From Cloud buttons
When you have your options set as you like, you can click either the Add From My PC button 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. At this point, you can add more files or you can click To My PC or To Cloud in the Save section when you have finished. In the dialog that opens, 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. You can share your Zip file before or after you save it.
If you have further questions about zipping files or you encounter an issue using this information, please email Technical Support.
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