How to Zip a File with WinZip

With just a few simple steps, you can easily create a Zip or Zipx file with WinZip.

Zip your file using WinZip

  1. Open WinZip.
  2. In the Files pane, find and select files to zip from your PC, network or cloud services.
  3. Click Add to Zip.
  4. In the Actions pane, click Save as.
  5. Choose to save your zip file to any local, network or cloud location.
  6. Or, you may choose to email it; share it in an instant message; or share it via a supported social media service.

Note: If you turn on a Convert and Protect option after you add files to your Zip, you can still apply your Encryption and Conversion settings for all or just some of the files in your Zip by choosing “Apply to selected files in the Zip” from the Options button in the Actions panel.

Zip your files from a Windows Explorer folder

  1. Open a folder window.
  2. Find and select the files and/or folders you want to zip.
  3. Right-click the highlighted area.
  4. In the WinZip sub-menu, choose either:
    • Add to [filename].zip(x)
    • Add to Zip file… – this option lets you specify your own Zip file name, compression type, encryption, conversion options, and destination folder

How to zip files with WinZip Express

WinZip Express works with commonly used applications so you don’t need to launch WinZip separately to zip, encrypt and share your files. Instead, you get quick access to a single dialog that combines many popular WinZip features in one place.

How to zip files with WinZip Express

Simply click a file, folder, or selection of files and folders. Select Zip and Share (WinZip Express) from the Explorer context menu to open a WinZip Express dialog. Then select zipping, encrypting, sharing and other features.

Using WinZip Express for Office

To zip and share your Office file, just click the File tab in the Office application you're using to find the familiar Zip and Share (WinZip Express) button in the left column of the tab. If you click this, but have not yet saved the file that is in use, the Save As dialog will open and you can save the file. Once this is done, the WinZip Express dialog will display.

Also available:

WinZip Express for Outlook

Once you install this add-on with Microsoft Outlook 2016, 2013, 2010, or 2007, it will zip your attachments and replace them with the Zip file. Plus, it will upload the Zip file to your selected cloud service when they exceed a certain size limit. A link to your Zip file is then included in your email message replacing the attached Zip file. Your recipient can click the link and download the file. You can easily configure this add-on, setting the maximum attachment size (the default is 5 MB) and choosing the features you use most, by clicking Options on the Express drop down menu.

"How-To" Quick Reference
  1. Open WinZip.
  2. Select your files.
  3. Click Add to Zip.
  4. Click Save as in the Actions Pane.

Now you know how to create a zip file. Download the trial to see how easy it is for you to quickly zip your file(s).