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Zip and E-Mail Plus

The Zip and E-Mail Plus dialog allows you to specify the filename to be used for a Zip file (.zip or .zipx) that WinZip® creates and attaches to the new email message. It also allows you to specify the compression type and an encryption method and password if desired (please read about encryption).

In addition to the space savings you gain from compression, you can also save space by resizing the images being sent so they are smaller than the original images. The size of your originals will not be changed. Images will only be resized if the selected size is smaller than the original. Images will be resized as close to the selected size as possible without changing the aspect ratio (the relationship of an image's width to its height). The Resize all selected images before compressing options are displayed if:

  • Only files have been selected.
  • The selected files include at least one image file.

To use Zip and E-Mail Plus, simply select files or folders in a Windows Explorer window or on the Desktop, right click on any selected item, and choose Zip and E-Mail Plus from the WinZip Explorer context menu. When the dialog appears:

  1. Choose the name to be used for the Zip file. You may accept the suggested name, or you can specify a name of your own by clicking Use this name and typing in the desired name. Don't specify a folder name because the Zip file is temporary and will be created in a temporary folder.
  2. Choose the appropriate compression type to use in the Zip file. Choose:
    • .Zip: Legacy compression when you want to share the Zip file with others that are using older (Zip 2.0 compatible) compression utilities. Compression results are not as good as those of the Best method option.
    • .Zipx: Best method to provide optimal compression for minimal storage space usage. Choosing Best method will result in a .zipx file. To extract these Zip files, your recipient will need to use WinZip 12.1 or later.
  3. Check the Encrypt Zip file check box if you want to encrypt the Zip file.
  4. Specify one of the following image reducing options (if applicable):
    • Keep original size: The size of the images that will be sent will be identical to the original selected images.
    • Specific sizes: The image will be reduced to fit into a window with the specified pixel dimensions. For example, choosing 1280x1024 will resize the image to fit into a window that is 1280 pixels wide and 1024 pixels high.
  5. Click OK.

If you've chosen to encrypt the Zip file, a second dialog will appear that allows you to specify the encryption method and password. Then WinZip compresses the selected items into a temporary Zip file, creates a new email message, and attaches the temporary Zip file to the message. You can address the message, add any desired text, and send it as you normally would. WinZip automatically deletes the temporary Zip file when it is no longer needed.

See also

About Encryption

Password Policy