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The WinZip Quick Start Guide
This Guide introduces some file compression terms, describes some of the
initial steps in installing WinZip, and provides a first look at using some
WinZip features. For additional information, see the tutorials that come with
WinZip, the WinZip help file, and the
WinZip web site.
an Archive or Zip File, Anyway?
Zip files are "archives" used for storing and distributing files,
and can contain one or more files. Usually the files "archived" in
a Zip are compressed to save space. Zip files are often used to:
- Distribute files on the Internet: Only one Zip file transfer operation
(download) is required to obtain all related files, and file transfer is
quicker because the archived files are compressed.
- Send a group of related files to an associate: When you distribute
the collection of files as an archive, you benefit from the file grouping and
compression as well.
- Save disk space: If you have large files that are important but
seldom used, such as large data files, simply compress these files into an
archive and then unzip (or "extract") them only when needed.
Does WinZip Do?
WinZip makes it easy for Windows users to work with archives. WinZip
features an intuitive point-and-click drag-and-drop interface for viewing,
running, extracting, adding, and deleting files in archives with a standard
Windows interface, and also provides a Wizard interface that further simplifies
the process of working with Zip files.
WinZip's Setup Options
During the WinZip setup procedure you are asked to select either the WinZip
Classic interface or the WinZip Wizard interface.
- WinZip Classic: The powerful WinZip Classic interface is preferred
if you have a general understanding of Windows and of Zip files. Most users
will be quite comfortable with its Explorer-like interface once the basics of
Zip files are understood.
- WinZip Wizard: The WinZip Wizard guides you through some of the most
common operations involving Zip files. If you are new to Windows or unfamiliar
with Zip files, you may wish to start with the Wizard and switch later to the
more powerful Classic interface.
In the following sections we will describe the Classic and Wizard
interfaces. With either interface, the setup panels provide information
about the options offered. Whichever setup option you choose, you can
easily switch between the two interfaces at any time with a single click,
and you can always change the default settings later.
Using WinZip Classic
Here is a brief introduction to some of the features of WinZip Classic.
Quick Unzipping with WinZip Classic
That's it--you have extracted the contents of the archive to the chosen folder.
You can now work with the extracted files, select another activity within
WinZip, or close the WinZip window.
- In the WinZip window, click the Open toolbar button or choose
Open Archive from the File menu. The Open Archive dialog will
- In the Open Archive dialog, locate the archive you want to unzip, then
click Open. The contents of the archive will be displayed in the
- To extract files from the archive, click the Extract toolbar button
or choose Extract from the Actions menu. The Extract dialog will
- In the box labeled Extract to, choose the folder where you want to
place the extracted files and click Extract.
Note: You can also extract files from an archive in the WinZip Classic
window by dragging them to the desktop or to the desired folder in Windows
Quick Zipping with WinZip Classic
That's it--you have created a new archive. You can now examine the contents of
your new archive, select another activity within WinZip, or close the WinZip
- In the WinZip window, click the New toolbar button or choose
New Archive from the File menu. The New Archive dialog will appear.
- In the New Archive dialog, specify the location where you want to create
the archive and type the name you want to use for your new archive, then click
OK. The Add dialog will appear.
- In the Add dialog, select the files that you want to add to your new
archive and click Add.
Note: You can also add files to an archive by dragging the files
from My Computer or Windows Explorer and dropping them on the WinZip window.
WinZip Classic Tips
- You can view the contents of most documents in an archive (such as
Microsoft Word documents and Excel spreadsheets) by just
double-clicking them in the WinZip Classic window.
- You can extract files from an archive in the WinZip Classic window by
dragging them to the desired folder in Windows Explorer or to the desktop.
- Using WinZip Classic's Help menu, you can:
- work with the built-in Brief Tutorial to get acquainted with more of
- view collections of Hints and Tips
- find answers to Frequently Asked Questions
the WinZip Wizard
If you are installing WinZip for the first time and chose the Wizard
interface during installation, WinZip will perform a one-time setup procedure
the first time it runs. This procedure helps WinZip locate the Zip files
you have stored on your computer.
You will see the Search for Favorite Zip Folders panel. We recommend
that you choose Search Entire Hard Disk and
then click Next. You will see the search progress and then a panel that
indicates how many folders were added to your Favorite Zip Folders.
After this one-time setup, WinZip will proceed to the Select Activity panel,
Using the Wizard
You can start a WinZip session
using the Start menu, the WinZip icon on your desktop, or the WinZip item
in the Programs menu. Click Next in the welcome panel to reach
the Select Activity panel.
Here is a brief introduction to the features of the WinZip Wizard.
Quick Unzipping with the WinZip Wizard
That's it--you've just unzipped a Zip file using the WinZip Wizard. You can
now work with the unzipped files, or click Next to select another
activity within WinZip, or close the WinZip Wizard window.
- In the Select Activity panel, choose Unzip or install from an existing
Zip file and click Next.
- In the Select Zip File panel, click on the Zip file you want to work with
and click Next. The Unzip panel will appear.
- In the Unzip panel, click Unzip Now to unzip (extract) the files
in the archive. The WinZip Wizard will open a Windows Explorer window showing
the unzipped files.
Quick Zipping with the WinZip Wizard
That's it--you've just created a Zip file using the WinZip Wizard. You can
now click the WinZip Classic button if you would like to examine the contents
of your new archive, or click Next to select another activity within
WinZip, or close the WinZip Wizard window.
- In the Select Activity panel, choose Create a new Zip file and
- In the Choose Zip Name panel, type the name you want to use for your new
Zip file and click Next. For example, if you are creating a Zip file
that will contain some files related to yearly reports, you might type
"1999 reports" as the name for your Zip file.
- In the Select Files panel, click Add files to choose the files you
want to add to the Zip file. Select the files you want to add and click
- Click Zip Now to create the new Zip file.
Classic and Wizard: Switching Interfaces
You can easily switch between the WinZip Classic and WinZip Wizard interfaces
with a single mouse click. Here's how:
- In WinZip Classic: to switch to the WinZip Wizard interface, click
the Wizard button at the right end of the toolbar.
- In WinZip Wizard: to switch to the WinZip Classic interface, click
the WinZip Classic button at the lower left.
Unzip Files without Leaving Windows Explorer
Using WinZip's Explorer interface, you can access most of WinZip's
functionality directly from My Computer, Windows Explorer, or the
desktop. Here is how to zip and unzip files directly from Explorer; be sure
to see the WinZip help for more things you can do, including Zip and E-Mail.
To create an archive: select the file(s) you want to compress in
Windows Explorer, right click, choose WinZip, and then click
Add to Zip file from the submenu menu that appears.
To extract files from an archive: select the archive in Windows
Explorer, and either:
- right click and choose Extract to... from the WinZip menu, or
- right click and drag the archive onto the folder where you want it
extracted, and then choose an extract option from the WinZip menu.
Contacting Technical Support
The best way to ask questions or report problems is to use the support form
available from the "Support" link on the WinZip home page. We
try to respond to all inquiries within one business day.
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