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Quick Start Tips - WinZip for Windows 8

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WinZip for Windows 8

This Guide is intended for WinZip for Windows 8. It describes the necessary initial steps, including installing WinZip, and provides a first look at using some WinZip features.

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Installing

If you have not already installed WinZip for Windows 8, you can open the Windows Store, swipe left (or move your cursor to the bottom right corner), tap or click the Search charm, and search for WinZip. In the results, you will want to choose the one that looks like the graphic at the top of this article. You can also use this link to the Windows Store.

WinZip for Windows 8 in the Windows Store

After you tap or click Install, WinZip will be available for you to use freely for the evaluation period (15 days). At the end of the evaluation period, if you wish to continue using WinZip, you will need to tap or click Subscribe in Settings. The subscription period is one year.

Overview and Settings

Before using WinZip, you may want to configure settings to make certain that the results you receive are what you would expect. To configure settings, open WinZip, swipe left (or move your cursor to the bottom right corner), and tap or click the Settings charm.

Open WinZip Settings

This will open the WinZip Settings panel, which will give you information and configuration options.

WinZip Settings panel

  • Accounts: Set up or edit social media accounts and cloud services accounts (ZipSend is no longer supported)
  • Encryption and zip strength: Set the encryption strength and the zip strength to be used when you create Zip files (more below)
  • Privacy policy: Tap or click this to open the current WinZip Privacy Policy web page
  • Support: Tap or click this to open the WinZip Knowledge Base page, which can be used for technical support
  • About: Display the About WinZip for Windows 8 panel showing the version and copyright
  • Permissions: Edit the permissions you will or will not allow for WinZip

You are apt to want to use the Encryption and zip strength panel regularly.

Encryption and zip strength panel

For help deciding which encryption strength to use, see What is AES Encryption? and How strong is WinZip's encryption? and consider who will use your Zip file. Before setting your default zip strength, you should know that:

  • Zip is faster and compatible with nearly any Zip file utility
  • Zipx will compress your files more, including JPG files

Note: This is a reference picture for multiple sections below

WinZip app bar

Create a new Zip

  1. Right-click or sweep up the app bar
  2. Tap or click Add Files or Add a Folder and then choose whether it will be from your PC or from a cloud service
  3. Use Go up and folder names as needed to locate the files or folders you want to zip
  4. Files: Tap or click the files you want to zip; they will show with a check mark. Then tap or click Add Files.
    Folders: Open the folder you want to add and then tap or click Select a Folder; you will then see that folder listed (as below) and you can tap or click OK
    Adding a folder
  5. Tap or click Save when you are done adding
  6. Choose whether to save to your PC or a cloud service and locate where to save the file
  7. Type a name and tap or click Save

Open an existing Zip

  1. Right-click or sweep up the app bar
  2. Tap or click Open Zip and then choose whether it will be from your PC or from a cloud service
  3. Use Go up and folder names as needed to locate the Zip file you wish to open
  4. Tap or click your Zip file and then tap or click Open

From your open Zip file, you can tap or click on a file to temporarily open it and display its contents. You can also choose to Unzip All of the Zip file contents.

Add files to an existing Zip

  1. Follow the steps above to open an existing Zip
  2. Tap or click Add Files or Add a Folder and choose PC or a cloud service
  3. Files: Tap or click the files you want to zip; they will show with a check mark. Then tap or click Add Files.
    Folders: Open the folder you want to add and then tap or click Select a Folder; then tap or click OK
  4. Tap or click Save or Save As to finalize your changed Zip file

Unzip the contents of a Zip

  1. Follow the steps to open an existing Zip
  2. To temporarily unzip a file and view its contents, tap or click the file in your open Zip file
  3. To unzip all of your Zip file contents:
    1. Right-click or sweep up the app bar
    2. Tap or click Unzip All
    3. Choose whether to unzip to your PC or a cloud service and locate the target location you want for your unzipped files
    4. After opening your desired target folder, tap or click Select a Folder
    5. Tap or click OK

If the contents of your Zip file have been encrypted, you will be prompted to enter the password before unzipping will occur.

Using Encryption

  1. Before encrypting files you zip, you should tap or click the Settings charm to "fine tune" your encryption strength
  2. Tap or click New Zip on the app bar
  3. Check the Encrypt files as they are added box before you add files or folders
  4. Follow the steps to create a new Zip file
  5. When prompted, type and confirm a password
  6. Tap or click OK

When opening a single, encrypted file in a Zip file or when you unzip all the contents of an encrypted Zip file, you will be prompted for the password.

Sending large files

The ZipSend feature is no longer supported.

Working with cloud services

Supported cloud services are shown and available when you select:

  • Add Files
  • Add a Folder
  • Open Zip
  • Unzip All
  • Save or Save As

After selecting the cloud service you wish to use, follow the login instructions that display. Once your login has been entered and accepted, WinZip will remember it for you. The next time you choose to use the same cloud service, you will not need to log in.

You can easily manage all your cloud services and social media credentials from one convenient location. Simply tap or click the Settings charm, select Accounts, and input/update your ID's and passwords.

Edit cloud service settings

Sharing a Zip to social media

  1. Open or create a new zip
  2. Right-click or sweep up the app bar
  3. Tap or click ZipShare
  4. Use the check boxes in the right panel to make your Share To choice(s)
  5. Type a message to post (if no message is typed, the default "...has files to share with you" will be used
  6. Tap or click Share
  7. Follow the login instructions that display; this information will be saved and you will not have to enter it the next time you use this ZipShare account
  8. Your post, complete with a link to your uploaded file, will display in the account(s) you selected under Share To

Getting more Help

  1. Open WinZip Settings
  2. Tap or click Support
  3. Fill your information and questions into the technical support page that opens
  4. Tap or click Submit to Support

A reply will be sent promptly, usually within 48 hours.

If you have any questions about any of the information above or something you would like to report now, please email Technical Support.

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