|Note: This article does not include information concerning the email feature in WinZip Jobs.|
WinZip includes features that make it possible for you to compress and email files and folders. While WinZip's various email options are easy to use, underlying issues may interfere. Brief descriptions of the email features will be provided prior to discussing possible causes for issues. These features are:
If you use an email program such as Microsoft Outlook, Thunderbird, or Windows Live Mail as your default email program and if WinZip is configured appropriately, WinZip's email features will work with your email program. What makes this possible is a protocol named MAPI (Mail Applications Program Interface), specifically Simple MAPI. MAPI is a standard Windows interface that allows WinZip and other programs to instruct your email program to create a new message and attach a file to it.
Generally, you would only need to have your email program set as the default and have an email account configured, to have simple MAPI working. It is not uncommon for an email program to let you know that it is not set as the default when you open it. Usually, this information dialog will also make it possible for you to set it as the default.
You can also use the Default Programs applet to reset your default email program. To do this:
If you do not have a MAPI compatible email application, WinZip will use its own built-in email program. A configuration option is also available if you would rather use the WinZip emailer even though you do have a MAPI compatible email program. In the case where there is no MAPI compatible email program, you can conceivably have WinZip's email features working, but the Send ToMail Recipient feature used by Windows and other programs will not work, as they rely on MAPI.
You will need to define an email account in the Email tab of the WinZip Options dialog before you use WinZip's built-in email program. Otherwise, you will be prompted automatically when you first try to use one of WinZip's email features (see the picture below).
If you are not successful or if you need assistance, please send an email message to Technical Support.
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