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How to Use WinZip

By Edited Nov 2, 2015 1 2

WinZip Extractor
World's most Popular Zip Utility for File Compression!

WinZip is the world's most popular Zip utility for file compression, encryption, packaging, and data backup. Now supporting Windows 7 and featuring an Office 2010-style ribbon interface, WinZip 14.5 works the way you think, making it easier than ever to zip and unzip files for quick, efficient, and secure uploading and downloading, email transmission, and data archival. Compress files with WinZip 14.5 to save space and reduce transmission times. Use it to open Zip, Zipx, RAR, 7Z, BZ2, CAB, IMG,ISO, and most other compressed file types. Bundle related files together and email them instantly. Secure confidential data and automatically back it up. How to unzip a WinZip file:

  1. Double-click the WinZip file
  2. When the WinZip file opens, displaying its contents, click 1-Click Unzip

That's it. A folder window will open displaying the extracted files and you can then use them as you



In order to specify a different folder as a target click Unzip. If you are using the Legacy menus/toolbar interface click Extract. Before unzipping, you may want to open the Unzip Options drop down menu and configure items in this list (similar configurations will be in the Extract dialog if you are using Legacy menus/toolbar).

In many cases, the quickest way to extract from a WinZip file is to use the context menu; that is to right click on it and choose an extract option from the WinZip submenu that displays.

A self-extracting Zip file is an executable file (.exe) that contains a Zip file and a small program to extract (unzip) the contents of the Zip file. Users can run (execute) a self-extracting Zip file just as they run any other program: just double click on the .exe file.

WinZip offers two versions of our Self-Extractor program. WinZip Self-Extractor Personal Edition, which is included within WinZip, and WinZip Self-Extractor which is sold separately. For information on the differences between WinZip Self-Extractor Personal Edition and the full WinZip Self-Extractor please click here.

What are the Advantages to Self-Extracting Zip Files?

  • Self-extracting Zip files are ideal for electronic file distribution because they:
    • Optionally run a setup or installation program, which may be included by the developer when the files are decompressed
    • Provide easy distribution of one or more compressed files
    • Include sensitive information protected with 128- and 256-bit AES encryption
    • Create smaller files with LZMA, JPEG, PPMd, WavPack and Enhanced Deflate compressed Zip files (.zip or .zipx). (Note: LZMA, Jpeg, WavPack and .zipx support available in WinZip Self-Extractor 4.0 or later)
    • Designate custom high resolution icons for your Zip file (Note: Windows 7 and Windows Vista icon support available in WinZip Self-Extractor 3.1 or later)
    • Can contain multiple compressed files, minimizing download time and ensuring that important files do not become separated from the rest of the package
    • Allow the receiver to use a familiar Windows interface to extract (unzip) files, without owning or knowing how to use a separate unzip utility, making them ideal for inexperienced users
  • Any folder information in the Zip file is automatically restored, including empty folders
  • When a self-extracting Zip file created by WinZip Self-Extractor is run, a dialog box is displayed.

This dialog box makes it easy for the user to change the Unzip To folder and other options before extracting the files.

Download Winzip quick example of how to unzip with WinZip

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Sep 10, 2010 1:59pm
Thanks for the article. I didn't realize some of the features of Winzip were so extensive. I have done more opening of files received rather than using it to store and send files. Many thanks for a good article.
Sep 10, 2010 3:21pm
Thanks, I love using WinZIP, it is one of my list of tools I use.
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