WinZip File Management

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A robust set of file management system features are available in WinZip 20 and later. Most of these features are ones that do not involve zipping files. Please use this article to introduce yourself to WinZip file management and learn more about how it can be used. A brief introduction can also be found in the File Management section of The Intuitive WinZip Interface.


Entering file management mode

You can enter file management mode in WinZip at any time. If you decide that you would like to edit, copy, or delete a file or set of files (and much more) while you are browsing to find certain files to zip, you do not need to exit WinZip. Just click the arrow at the top of the Files pane.

Click the arrow to expand the Files pane

Simple file management

WinZip first included simple file management features with WinZip 19. These features become obvious after you have entered the file management mode. The WinZip view changes to a 2 pane view, rather than the 3 pane one, additional information displays for any files that are in the current location, and manage items display in the Actions pane. These features may be all you need to use at that moment, such as the Rename action, which can be used with one file or folder or multiple selections. Additional, more extensive file management features are available in the ribbon tabs. You will want to become familiar with them as they will be useful in a variety of situations.

Tabs and Folder Tree

Starting with WinZip 21.5, you can open additional tabs in the Files pane to work easily with more than one location or folder. Just click the plus sign to open a new tab. Then, if you have a folder you always want available in this pane, you can pin that tab and it will display each time you open WinZip. In the picture below you can see that there are 3 tabs open and the first one is pinned.

In file management mode with WinZip 21.5 or later, you will also see a two pane display with a Folder Tree display in the left pane. This is to make it quicker and easier for you to navigate through your folders. If it is not helpful to you, you can click the View tab and click the Folder Tree button to turn it off.

Files pane tabs and a Folder Tree view

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.

The Manage tab





Share tab

The Share tab in file management mode allows you to make use of sharing features without zipping selected single files. When multiple files are selected, zipping will occur first. The features in this tab are listed by section and described below the picture.

The Share tab


WinZip Express

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.

The Tools tab



Folder Maintenance

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.

The View tab

Reset to



Click the Files pane drop down menu to choose between the following 3 layouts:

Current view


File Previewer

File previewer in the Actions pane


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.

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, while closing the Actions pane and causing the files pane to become more narrow. The picture below shows the expanded file preview page as it looks when displaying a photo file.

Expanded file previewer showing a photo

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

If you have any questions about this information, please submit a Technical Support ticket.

Related Articles:
WinZip Background Tools
The Intuitive WinZip Interface
Zipping files: WinZip Default view
Zipping files: WinZip Classic view (ribbon)
The WinZip Ribbon
How do I upgrade to WinZip Pro?

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