Zipping Files With WinZip

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WinZip 26.0 and later puts your zipping options on the Zip tab. This article will give you an idea of how to Zip files while you are in this tab.


After opening WinZip to the Zip tab, you can click either the Zip File or Zipx File button and, if you wish, you may alter the compression method that will be used for the type of file you selected. Once you have done this, you might want to configure a filter of your own to either include certain files, exclude certain files, and/or to include one or more additional options. You also might want to click one or more of the buttons in the Modify Files When Adding to Zip section. You can edit the configuration for these in the File tab.

To create a filter, edit a filter, or remove a filter from your list; click Create/edit/remove filters on the Filters drop-down menu. The Default filter will be the only thing displayed and you will see it is set to add everything. You can change your default if you wish, but please be careful doing so. You will want to click Create new to start creating filters. On either the Include tab or the Exclude tab of the Create New Filter dialog, you can add or remove a pattern, such as *.jpg (the asterisk is a wildcard indicating all). The Options tab provides three include options and one file attribute option. After you have created a filter, it will be available on the Filters drop-down menu for future file zipping. It can also be edited or removed.

The Files and Folders button

When you have your options set as you like, you can click the Files and Folders button to open the Add dialog.

After finding the files and/or folders you want to zip, click the Add button in this dialog. If you set a custom filter, files will be included and/or excluded according to that filter. You can also choose Freshen, Move, or Update from the Add drop-down menu.

The WinZip window will now display showing what you have added. At this point, you can add more files or you can click Save As in the Actions column of WinZip or either of the Save options on the Files tab when you have finished. In the dialog that opens, you will need to browse to the location where you want to save your Zip file, type the name you wish to use, and click Save. You can share your Zip file before or after you save it.

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