WinZip, starting with version 19, delivers a new level of integrated local, network, and cloud file management; along with an intuitive new user interface that includes an interactive, context sensitive action pane. This article is an overview, meant to help introduce WinZip to new users and also to help experienced users with changes introduced in the user interface.
The WinZip Default view is broken into three panes. They are the:
|You should consider either enlarging the WinZip window or maximizing WinZip in order to make it easier and get the most out of this interface.|
When WinZip opens, it will be in the Default view. In this view, the Zip file pane is clearly present in the center. You will find your 3 most recently used Zip files listed at the top left and can either open one of these; look under Places for network drives, local drives, or cloud services and locate Zip files to open; or find files other than Zip files in Places that can be used to create a new Zip file. Recently used files will display on the File tab and the Open WinZip File icon is still available in the Quick Access toolbar in the WinZip title bar. Starting with WinZip 21.5, if you want to keep one location open in the Files pane, but also work in other locations, you can create additional tabs (click the plus sign) to do so.
After adding files to the Zip file pane, the Actions pane will display Save or Share Zip options. You can choose to save your Zip file to a drive or cloud service; email it; share it in an instant message; share it in a social media account, or share it via the clipboard (copy a link).
Convert & Protect Files usually applies to files as you add them to a Zip file. However, if you turn one or more of these options on after adding files to a Zip file, an Options drop down menu will display. Along with allowing you to edit your settings for these features, you will find a feature at the bottom of the menu to Apply to all files in the Zip. Choosing this option will allow you to convert the files you have already added.
After a Zip file is saved or if you open an existing Zip file, you will find Unzip All Files under Actions. Clicking the Unzip to button directly will immediately unzip your Zip file, placing the unzipped files in a subfolder having the same name as the Zip file and located in the same place. If you would like to choose another target location for your unzipped files, you can click the arrow to the right of the Unzip to button or you can click the Save WinZip File icon in the Quick Access toolbar.
WinZip also allows you to perform a wide variety of local, network, and cloud file management and sharing actions. To make this easier, click the arrow at the top of the Files pane.
Please refer to the picture below, along with the corresponding numbered entries for an introduction to WinZip's file management features.
If you are used to another, earlier version of WinZip, you may wonder why you do not see the ribbon when WinZip opens. Although it does not display, the ribbon is there and you can cause any particular tab to display temporarily by clicking on its name.
However, if you prefer having the ribbon display at all times, you will have to expand it. Windows 8 users have two options for doing this. Near the top right edge of the WinZip window will be found an arrow button that toggles the ribbon on or off. The other option, available to all Windows versions, is to uncheck the Minimize the Ribbon entry on the Quick Access toolbar drop down menu.
After expanding the ribbon, it will continue to display with the default view items appearing below. At any time, you can reverse your steps to minimize the ribbon once more.
WinZip provides you with a number of options for how it looks and how the files you display look inside WinZip. To make a display change, you would start by clicking the View tab. Custom options include the Icon layout, providing large icons excellent for working with Zip files containing photos, and the Folder Tree current view, displaying the contents of your Zip file in a tree view. To make a big change to the view in the quickest way, reset it to the Classic view.
The two pictures that follow show WinZip displaying the same Zip file. The first picture shows the Zip file in the Default view and the second picture shows the Zip file in the Classic view.
The Classic view displays the ribbon expanded by default, it displays only the Zip file pane, it displays all of the files in the Zip file (folders are represented by their Path), and it is configured in the Table layout. In other words, files in the Zip file display with small icons, in narrow rows, having columns to show various file attributes. Additional columns can be added or removed (except for the Name column) using the Columns drop down menu.
Starting from either of the major views, Default or Classic, you can add or subtract view components to suit your needs. For example, to create the Default view from the Classic view one step at a time, you would:
WinZip provides benefits where you are most apt to need them, while also providing safe and easy file management plus safe and easy sharing. At its heart, WinZip is still a state of the art compression/decompression/encryption Zip file utility.
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