How do I compress the contents of a folder and later restore it?

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.

How to Zip a folder

  1. Zipping a folder from the Default view
  2. Using the context menu to zip a folder

How to Unzip a folder

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

You can easily zip a folder from the Default view. To do this:

  1. Open WinZip and click one of the items in the Files pane, in order to locate the folder you want to zip
    Click one of the Places
  2. After you select your folder, you can do either of the following:
    • Drag the folder to the Zip file pane and drop it
    • Click the Add to Zip button
    Drag to the Zip file pane or click Add
  3. The Zip file pane now shows the folder you added. You can deselect the folder in the Files pane and add more to the Zip file or you can make choices in the Actions pane to convert, save, and/or share your Zip file.
    Continue zipping or choose an Action

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.

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:

  1. Locate the folder you want to zip in Explorer
  2. Right click the folder
  3. Choose Add to filename.zip or use another "Add" option from the WinZip submenu
    Zip a folder with the WinZip context menu

You also have the option to click Zip and Share (WinZip Express), which will open WinZip Express for Explorer. This also will zip your folder, but will give you many additional options for naming, converting, saving, and sharing.

You can easily unzip your folder from an open Zip file. Here are 3 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.

Use folder names should be checked

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:

  1. Find your Zip file
  2. Right click on the Zip file
  3. Choose an "Unzip" option from the WinZip submenu of the context menu
    Unzip a folder with the WinZip context menu

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

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