Compressing a file with Winzip

By: Justin Weber
September 5, 2008

To create a .ZIP file in Winzip 7.0, you can choose one of two methods.

Method A

1. Load Explorer and browse to the location of the files
2. Select the files that you wish to compress and right-click on the final one
3. Choose "Add to Zip" and click on it with the left-mouse button
4. Agree to the license window that appears (if it does)
5. In the "Add to Archive" window enter the destination (if you wish to span disks, then
enter the first disk and type "A:\".
6. As soon as you click on another field, with A:\ as the destination, then the "Multiple
Disk Spanning" option will become available.
7. The two options under "Folders" are described as follows

"Include Subfolders" - Acts like a recursive algorithm or "-rP" with PKZIP.EXE.
Basically, this includes all sub-directoriesd and stores them in the archive. When you
decompress with this option or "-d" with PKUNZIP.EXE, it recreates the sub-directories.

"Save Extra Folder Info" - This stores the exact location that the files were compressed
from. Eg. If the files were "C:\My Documents\*.DOC" and the "Save Extra Folder Info"
option was checked, then when the file was decompressed with the "-d" option, then the
files will automatically be decompressed to "\My Documents\*.DOC". Note that if you
specify "C:\Test" as the unzip directory, then the path will be created inside of this.
Eg. "C:\Test\My Documents\*.DOC".

8. If you are distributing the file to a customer who only uses DOS/Windows 3.11, and the
files included have long-filenames, then you can check the "Store Filenames in 8.3
Format" which will automatically truncate the filename so decompression does not result
it filenames such as "Contac~1.Doc" and "Contac~2.Doc".
9. Once you are happy with the options, then click on the "Add" button to begin compression.
If you are zipping to floppy disk, then a prompt will be provided when the next disk is

Method B

1. Load Winzip
2. Agree to the license window that appears (if it does)
3. Click on the "New" button to create a New Archive (.ZIP).
4. In the "Filename" box, enter the destination of the .ZIP file and Click on "Ok"
5. Browse your computer to find the files you wish to add and select all that apply
6. If you specified the "A:\" in the "Filename" box in Step 4, then you will be able to
access the "Multiple Disk Spanning" option.
7. Once you have selected the files and are happy with the options, click on the "Add"
button to create the .ZIP file

Originally Written By Jon Sawers

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