WinZip is a tool to make working with Zip and other types of archive files easier. Let's start off by discussing some of the words used to describe the files and the processes.


Archives are files that contain other files, and Zip files are the most common archive format.  Typically, the files in an archive are compressed.  WinZip uses the term “Add” to mean “compress files and add them to an archive”.  “Extract” means “decompress files in an archive, creating separate files on a disk”

Some people use the verbs “zip” or “pack” instead of Add, and “unzip” or “unpack” instead of “extract”.



Unzipping Your First File 


Click on the WinZip  button to open the Extract dialog.

*Or,  simply click on the icon of the file that you wish to unzip. Winzip will launch automatically.


Now, I'm typing in the folder where I want the contents of the zip file to go: C:\DOWNLOAD\EXAMPLE

You can also use the file management dialog to move around and select a destination folder. Now it's time for you to choose your destination for your files. (If you choose to type a drive letter and a filename into the “Extract to” box, a folder will be created automatically. )


My EXAMPLE folder doesn't yet exist, but WinZip will automatically make it for me, and will create your folder for you, too, if you want.



*Click the “Extract” button and the files will be unzipped into that folder.

Many WinZip operations can be tailored using configuration options.  For example, you can change the default folders for the Extract and Add dialog boxes.  Most options are intended for advanced users.  For an overview of available options see the section titled Options in the “Help” menu.








Let's unzip our first file using Windows Explorer. There are many ways to unzip files using WinZip, but you may find that this method is the easiest and most convenient.


If you haven't already done so, open Windows Explorer.  (This can be done in the program manages or “right clicking” on “My Computer” or the “Start” button.)




*The same steps as the above method are applied. An advantage is that when you are working to unzip several files during a session, this method is quicker and easier.






Creating a “Zip” file:


You can create a new archive by selecting New Archive from the WinZip File pull-down menu or by clicking the “New” toolbar button.  This activates the New Archive dialog box.



First, you type the name of the archive you want to create,  not the names of the files you want to compress.  This dialog box works similarly to standard Windows file dialog boxes, so you can choose the drive and folder where the archive will be created.  The names of any existing archives on the selected drive and folder are listed to help you choose a name that is not already in use.


Normally after creating an archive you will want to add files to the archive, so verify that the Add dialog check box is checked to automatically activate the Add dialog box.


You can add files to an existing archive you've opened or to a new archive you've created, as in the previous section.  If the Add dialog box is not displayed, select Add from the Actions pull-down menu or click the Add toolbar button.


In the Add dialog box, select the files you want to add to the archive.  The easiest way to do this is usually to click on the desired files in the list near the top of the Add dialog box. You can select multiple files using normal Windows file selection conventions (for example, hold down the shift key while clicking to select multiple files).  For details on alternate ways to specify which files you want to add, see the topic titled Adding Files to an Archive.


Once you are done making your file selection, click the Add button to add the files.  Once WinZip finishes, it will update the file list in the main window to reflect the new files in the archive.

You can also add files to an archive by dragging the files from My Computer or the Windows Explorer and dropping the files on the WinZip window.  This is described in detail in the section titled Adding a File to an Archive with the Drag and Drop Interface.


Note:  When you add files to an archive, the original files on disk are not deleted.  If you want to delete the original files automatically after the Add operation completes, select Move from the Action combo box.




*Try to zip up the files that you unzipped earlier!


Open WinZip through your Start menu, or, if WinZip is already open, close EXAMPLE.ZIP by choosing Close Archive from the File menu.



*Click  “NEW” on the toolbar button. You can browse through the explorer to select a folderwhose files you want to zip.

This familiar file dialog will be shown:


You may want to select the example folder that was created when you Unzipped the EXAMPLE.ZIP file in the previous exercise.

*(I chose a batch of tests that were in a folder on the hard disk)

Now, type in EXAMPLE2 as the name of the new zip file, as shown, and then click OK.


That’s what we’ll call this zip file we’re creating.

Make sure the box alongside Add dialog is checked.

Please note: you can always add files to an existing Zip or to a newly created Zip simply by clicking on the Add button.


*Let's add these three files to the new zip!

Highlight all of them by clicking on each while holding down your Ctrl key.


Once they are highlighted, click on the “Add” button in the lower section of the dialog, and WinZip automatically zips up the three files within the new zip file.


Now you can close WinZip by choosing the “Exit” item from the “File” menu item.

Congratulations! You’ve created a zip file!


*There's so much more to WinZip! Consult the complete WinZip help file anytime by pressing F1 while you're using WinZip or by clicking on its Help menu enter.