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Take advantage of Windows XP's compressed folders extraction wizard

If you use or receive compressed (zipped) folders frequently, read about Windows XP's compressed folders extraction wizard. You'll learn how you can open your zipped folders with a simple command.

Windows XP's compressed (zipped) folders work so much like folders that it is easy to forget that they are actually based on ZIP files. You may even remove files from a compressed folder by opening the folder and then copying and pasting the files to another folder. You may find it easier to use the compressed folders extraction wizard. Here's how:

  1. Right-click the compressed folder and select Extract All.
  2. When you see the Welcome page of the extraction wizard, click Next.
  3. Click the Browse button to choose a destination.
  4. If necessary, create a new destination with the Make New Folder button. Click OK.
  5. Click Next. This will extract the files in the compressed folder.
  6. Select the Show Extracted Files check box and click the Finish button.

Note: This tip applies to both Windows XP Home and Windows XP Professional.

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Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

8 comments
Planouette
Planouette

How can I get this context item back. I right click on a zip file, and the only option I get is "Extract with ALZip" (Which is a 3rd-party unzipper I've installed - It works with all compressed file types). I would at least like the option to utilize Windows built-in decompresser, if I want to. Any help on adding this option back to my right-click context menu? THanks

ScottCopus
ScottCopus

Anyone know if it's possible to unzip or zip a file through VB Scripting (VBS)? I've tried Googling for a while, but I didn't find anything. thanks.

Chaugsness
Chaugsness

The Extract All option isn't available when I right click on a zip file. I installed WinZip and the trial ran out on it and wouldn't let me continue in evaluation mode, so I installed ZipGenie but was then introduced to the zip utility already available. I can zip files fine, but cannot unzip them anymore.

techrepublic
techrepublic

You can treat a zip file like a regular folder: Set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application") Set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell") Set DestFldr=objShell.NameSpace("c:\test.zip") DestFldr.CopyHere ("c:\test2")

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

you can script it by finding the executeable (winzip32.exe) at a command prompt, type %path to winzip%\winzip32.exe %path to file% but that only opens the file in Winzip. There are options available for scripting it, but I am too lazy to look them up for you. Search through the FAQ on their website, they used to have it there (last time I needed it).

Saskatoonian
Saskatoonian

I've always just used Windows Explorer. When you're in explorer, go to the directory that the zip file is in, then in the left pane that lists the folders and files, click on the zip file and all the files within the zipped file will be displayed in the right pane!!

rtucker318
rtucker318

...it doesn't work...don't waste your time. Look elsewhere.

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