Overview of WinZip Tabs

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Use this article to introduce yourself to the WinZip tabs and learn more about how it can be used for your use case. A brief introduction to the interface can also be found in KB 125921.

File tab

You can enter the File tab of WinZip at any time. Just click on the File tab in the top left corner.

The File tab contains the following:

UnZip tab

The Unzip tab provides the actions and their options available when you have opened a Zip file in the WinZip user interface. The features in this tab are listed by section and described below the picture.

Unzip to

Files to Unzip



Zip tab

The Zip tab provides the tools that you will want to use when creating WinZip files. The features in this tab are listed by section and described below the picture.

Select WinZip File Type

Use the provided buttons to have WinZip switch file creation type immediately from Zip File to Zipx File or vice versa. Starting with WinZip 26.0 you can also configure WinZip to use any of the 4 Zip file compression methods or if you have chosen Zipx, you will have an additional six compression methods you may choose.


The Filters drop-down menu provides options for filtering the files being added to your Zip file. The default is all files with none of the options turned on. You edit the default to change that action if you want, or you can select a previously created filter. The available actions are:

The Include and Exclude filter types will be available when you are creating or editing. You also can select any of the following options:

Modify Files When Adding to Zip

There are three types of conversions available here. You may use some or none of them. They are:

Add to Zip

Click the Files and Folders button in this section and WinZip's Super Picker dialog, allowing you to find files to add from local, network, and cloud service locations. The super picker dialog also will have a drop-down menu for the button at the bottom so that you can choose the default Add or Freshen, Move, or Update.

Manage tab

If you have no files or folders selected when you click the Manage tab, all of the buttons will be gray. When a file, a folder, or multiple items are selected, you will find appropriate buttons ready to be used. The features in this tab are listed by section and described below the picture.





Backup/Clean tab

The Backup/Clean tab of the WinZip Ribbon provides updated powerful WinZip Backup features and it gives access to a variety of WinZip Background Tools.

Switch To

This first section really contains one button that acts as a toggle. Only the features that are relevant will show and they will change when you click the toggle.

Backup (Simple Secure)

Predefined Backups (Advanced Secure)

Note: for predefined backups, the resulting Zip file is always stored in C:\Users\<username>\Documents\My WinZip Files

Custom Backups (Advanced Secure)

Tools tab

The Tools tab in file management mode allows you to convert selected single files without zipping them. The features in this tab are listed by section and described below the picture.

File Utilities

Selected Files


View tab

The View tab in management mode allows you to change some options for how and what you see displayed. The features in this tab are listed by section and described below the picture.

Reset to



Use the drop-down menus for the Files pane and the Zip pane to select one of these options:

Current view


File Previewer

Note: a WinZip Pro or WinZip Enterprise license is required for the File Previewer feature.

A file previewer is available while working in file management mode. The previewer will display when one file is selected. If the single selected file is a photo, a large thumbnail icon will display in the Actions pane, such as the picture to the right. Other types of files will also display a large icon, but the content will not display at this point. When working with photo files, this preview may very well be enough by itself. To switch to File Previewer, kindly click on the white button as shown below:

You will see an expand button in the file preview. A red arrow points this button out in the picture to the right. When clicked, this button will expand the preview pane , closing the Actions pane and causing the files pane to narrow. The picture below shows the expanded file preview page as it looks when displaying a photo file.

In the expanded file preview, you will find icons that allow you to perform the following actions:

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