|Archived articles are available that apply to earlier WinZip versions. Windows XP users can refer to either to find Legacy interface instructions.
WinZip 17 or WinZip 18
WinZip 14.5 to WinZip 16.5
The steps you take to zip folders and their contents will vary according to your preference. For additional information on this subject, please see Related Articles at the bottom of this article or learn more about how to zip files.
Zipping a folder from the Default view
If your operating system is Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista; you can easily zip a folder from the Default view. To do this:
If you have configured WinZip to use the Classic view, you will need to work with the ribbon and you may need to have a Windows Explorer folder window open. The archived article for WinZip 17 or WinZip 18 can be used as a guide in this case.
Using the context menu to zip a folder
|Note: The context menu entry Replace files with Zipped files creates single, individual Zip files in the same location as the selected files, even when a folder is selected. It does not save folder information inside the Zip files.|
If you are working in a Windows Explorer folder window, you can quickly create a Zip file using the context menu. To do this with a folder, you would:
You also have the option to click Zip and Share (WinZip Express) when you right click to use WinZip Express for Explorer. This also will zip your folder, but will give you many additional options for naming, converting, saving, and sharing.
Unzipping a folder from an open Zip file
You can easily unzip your folder from an open Zip file. Here are 2 ways to do that:
Note: In Classic view, you can click 1-click Unzip to get the same results as number 2 above. However, before using this method in the Classic view, click the Settings tab and make sure Use folder names is checked in Unzip Settings.
Using the context menu to unzip a folder
If you are working in a Windows Explorer folder window, you can quickly unzip a folder from a Zip file using the context menu. To do this:
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