Viewing Files with WinZip

In order to view a file contained in a WinZip file, you need to have a program that is capable of displaying that type of file. WinZip can display text files using its built-in viewer and if you have a Pro registration will also open most picture files. For other types of files, though (including word processor documents), you will need to have an external program installed. The program you need depends on the type of file you want to display. For example, to display a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet (.xlsx), you must have either Excel or a viewer that is capable of displaying Microsoft Office documents.

In many cases you will already have the software necessary to view files. For others, it is often possible to obtain free or inexpensive viewers. Some options for viewing a few of the most common file types are listed below.

Many of the links below are to pages that are outside of the WinZip web site, they will open in new browser windows (or tabs), and may change without our knowledge.

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