WinZip Miscellany


Versatile file management

WinZip provides many file managing features. Starting with WinZip 19, an intuitive user interface optimized for touch screen use is included. It provides an interactive, context sensitive action pane with quick access to files, whether they are on a connected drive or in a cloud service. WinZip file management features have been made more robust with each successive WinZip release. These file management features include:

WinZip continues to be tightly integrated with Windows. You can use drag and drop within the user interface or from Windows Explorer into WinZip (or vice versa). Powerful context menu features enable WinZip users to accomplish many of their common zip-related tasks without ever opening a WinZip window. Also, you can use the powerful Zip and Share (WinZip Express) context menu option, which will open WinZip Express for Explorer.

Using drag and drop, you can:

If you are working in a Windows Explorer folder, you can right click files and/or folders and use the WinZip context menu to:

If you right click a Zip file, you can:

Context Menu


How to display Zip file details

To see a detailed view of a Zip file's contents you must run a diagnostic test. To run this detailed diagnostic:

  1. Open the Zip file
  2. Click the Tools tab
  3. Click the Diagnostics drop down menu
  4. Choose Detailed

Context Menu


Favorite Zip Folders

The Favorite Zip Folders feature searches for and organizes Zip files (and other archives if wanted) into one convenient list. This list is sorted by date, making it easier to locate Zip files, regardless of where they came from or where they are stored. The list can also be sorted by filename or folder. Favorite Zip Folders is similar to having a WinZip specific library.

To open Favorite Zip Folders, click the File tab and choose Favorites. XP users can click the Favorites button on the toolbar.

Favorite Zip Folders Dialog


Zip File Capacity: Size and number of files

WinZip supports the original Zip file format and the 64-bit extension to the Zip file format. The original Zip file format limited the number of member files in a Zip file to 65,535, and the maximum size of both the Zip file itself and any member file to 4 gigabytes. For all practical purposes, the 64-bit extended format eliminates all these restrictions. Using the extended format, the member file size, Zip file size, and number of member files you can add to a Zip file are limited only by your system's resources.

WinZip remains fully compatible with the original Zip file format and uses the original format whenever possible. WinZip uses the 64-bit extended format only when the file you create exceeds the original limits. For more information, please see the article Information about size limits with WinZip.

Note: If you receive or share Zip files that use this 64-bit Zip file extension, a Zip file utility, such as WinZip, that supports this format will be necessary to open and use these Zip files.

Large file size example


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