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Last updated: 25 Sep, 2017
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How to Zip a folder

  1. Using the context menu to zip a folder
  2. Zipping a folder with the ribbon interface
  3. Zipping a folder with the legacy interface

How to Unzip a folder

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

Often, the quickest way to create a Zip file is to use the context menu. To do this with a folder, you would:

  1. Open a folder window and locate the folder you want to zip
  2. Right click the folder
  3. Choose Add to filename.zip or another "Add" option from the WinZip submenu
    Zip a folder with the WinZip context menu

If your operating system is Windows 7 or Windows Vista and you have WinZip 14 or later installed, you can easily zip a folder using the WinZip ribbon interface. To do this:

  1. Start WinZip and click the Zip My Files button
    Click Zip My Files
  2. In the Zip dialog, navigate to and click the folder you wish to zip
    Choose the folder you want to zip
  3. Click the Zip button
    Click the Zip button
  4. Browse to the location where you want to save your Zip file, type the name you wish to use, and click Create
    Choose where to save your Zip file

If your operating system is Windows XP, WinZip will open in the Legacy menus/toolbar interface. You may also choose to switch to this interface if you prefer using it over the ribbon. When using the legacy interface, you can use the following steps to zip a folder:

  1. Start WinZip and click New
    Click New in the Legacy interface
  2. Find and choose where you want to save your Zip file, type a name for your file (like Recipes), and click OK
    Pick a folder and type a name
  3. In the Add dialog, find the folder you want to zip ("Moms recipes" in this example)
  4. If your folder is all you see or if you do not mind zipping the other things you see, check the Include subfolders box and click Add with wildcards
    Find and zip your folder; include subfolders
  5. If there are other folders or items you do not want in your Zip file at this level, double click the folder you want to zip, check the Save full path info box, and click Add with wildcards
    Zip using Save full path info

Note: Number 4 will produce a Zip file with your folder at the root of the Zip file. Number 5 will include the entire path (all the folders leading to your folder).


As with zipping a folder, it is often quickest to unzip a folder in 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 prefer, you can find your Zip file, open it in WinZip, and unzip your folder from the open Zip file. Here are 2 ways to do that:

  1. If your Zip file is open in the Explorer view style, you can click on your folder and then drag and drop it where you want it
    Drag and drop the folder
  2. With either view style, you can click 1-Click Unzip (with the Legacy menus/toolbar interface you would click Extract

Note: Before using this method, if you are in the Classic view make sure Use folder names is checked in Unzip options

Use folder names should be checked

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

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