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About the Quick Start Guide
This Guide introduces some file compression terms, describes some of the initial steps in installing WinZip, and provides a first look at using some WinZip features. For additional information, see thetutorials that come with WinZip, the WinZip Help file, and visit the WinZip web site at http://www.winzip.com
What is an Archive or Zip file, anyway?
Zip files are "archives" used for storing and distributing files, and can contain one or more files. Usually the files "archived" in a Zip are compressed to save space. Zip files are often used to:
· Distribute files on the Internet: Onlyone Zip file transfer operation (download) is required to obtain all related files and file transfer is quicker because the archived files are compressed.
· Send a group of related files to an associate: When you distribute the collection of files as an archive you benefit from the file grouping and compression as well.
· Save disk space: If you have large files that are important but seldomused, such as large data files, simply compress these files into an archive and then unzip (or "extract") them only when needed.
What does WinZip do?
WinZip makes it easy for Windows users to work with archives. WinZip features an intuitive point-and-click drag-and-drop interface for viewing, running, extracting, adding, and deleting files in archives with a standard Windows interface, andalso provides a Wizard interface that further simplifies the process of working with Zip files.
About WinZip's Setup Options
During the WinZip setup procedure you are asked to select either the WinZip Wizard interface or the WinZip Classic interface.
· WinZip Wizard: If you are new to computers, or unfamiliar with the Windows operating system, then you should first try using the WinZipWizard to open and create your Zip files.
· WinZip Classic: The more powerful WinZip Classic interface is recommended if you are an experienced computer user, comfortable with using Windows and Zip files.
In the following section we will describe the WinZip Wizard Setup screens. With either interface, the setup panels provide information about the options offered. Whichever setup option youchoose, you can easily switch between the two interfaces at any time with a single click, and you can always change the default settings later.
Installing the WinZip Wizard
We will refer to the on-screen panels using the title that appears at the top of each panel.
1. In the WinZip Setup panel, select "Start with the WinZip Wizard" and click "Next". The Search for Favorite Zip Folderspanel will appear.
2. In the Search for Favorite Zip Folders panel, select "Search Entire Hard Disk" so the Wizard can search your system for Zip files (this is the recommended option). You will see the search progress, and then a panel that says something like "17 folders were added to your 'Favorite Zip Folders'". Click "Next".
3. The Wizard will open an Explorer window displaying theWinZip program group icons. Click "Next" to continue, and the Wizard Welcome panel will appear.
4. In the Wizard Welcome panel, click "Next" again, and the Select Activity panel will appear.
That's it, you have installed WinZip, and you're ready to begin using the WinZip Wizard. The sections below describe using the Wizard for unzipping and zipping files.
Using the WinZip Wizard
If youhave just installed WinZip and selected the WinZip Wizard interface, then at this point the Select Activity panel is on the screen.
If you have previously installed WinZip, you can start a WinZip session using the WinZip program item in the WinZip program group, the Start menu, or the WinZip icon on your desktop.
Here is a brief introduction to the features of the WinZip Wizard.