Free zip program - zip and unzip utility for windows by Ken Ward. This free program can be downloaded and freely used and distributed. This page contains information on how to use Zipper. The links below (bottom row) also contain information on how to us the free zip program. This page is more graphical.
How to use the free zip program -
Actually, you can often delete files or remove items from the list by pressing the Delete Button (on your keyboard).
You may already noticed the tabs on the top left of the program named Zip and Unzip. The Unzip tab will be pressed when you are in Unzip Mode. You can click the Zip tab to go to the Make a Zip File screen.
The name of the currently loaded zip file will remain the same when you change tabs. So after being in the Zip screen, when you click the Unzip tab, the same file name will be shown and this file will be opened. So after zipping files, you just click on the Unzip tab and the file is read, giving you a list of files in the zip file.
Back to zipping files ...
The zip file screen is divided into three main columns:
The Zip Screen looks different from the Unzip Screen.
In the Unzip Screen, the Files in Directory box was not important. In this screen it is, because you select the files you want to zip from this box. So it is bigger than before. The popup menu is shown, and the item "Add Selected Files to List" has already been pressed. So the selected files in the "Files in Directory" box have been added to the "Files to zip" box. Certain buttons that were previously disabled are now enabled because they have some possible function to perform:
At first, at most one button will be enabled. If there are any files in the current directory, then the 'Add All Files' button and corresponding menu items will be enabled. Also the popup menu for the Files box (middle column) will have this item enabled. You can therefore add all the files in the current directory to the list of files to zip. You can, of course, move to other directories and add the files to the list of files to zip. At this stage, you are just making a list and are not zipping anything yet.
You can also drag and drop the files.
Of course, if no files are selected, then you cannot add selected files! But as soon as one or more files are selected in the current directory, then the Menu Item to add selected files (Edit: Add Selected Files) becomes enabled, as do the corresponding buttons and popup menu items.
You therefore have the choice of adding the selected files to the list of files to zip or all of the files in the current directory. The remove selected files from the list isn't enabled, because no file in the list is selected.
When you have one or more files to zip, then you can:
If you wish to remove one or more files from the list of files, then you can use the popup menu or press the delete key on your keyboard to delete the selected files from the list. This doesn't delete any files - only remove them from the list. However, deleting files in the Files Box will move them to the recycle bin.
So to zip files, you need to have at least one file in the list of files to zip and then choose whether you want to add the files to a new zip, the current zip or an existing zip, and then press the appropriate buttons or use the menu items, or the popup menu. When you click on a particular button - new, current or existing zip - then a new zip is created (you need to tell the program the name of existing file or the name of a new file).
The zip utility will make a message box that will say that so-many files were zipped out of so-many selected for zipping. Sometimes, all the files will not be zipped. This occurs when the files already exist in the zip file. If you wish to change a file in the zip file, then delete the file first. You can do this by going to the Unzip screen and selecting the unwanted files or file, and pressing the delete key, or using one of the other methods (popup menu, Main Menu, etc). You can then go to the Zip screen and add the replacement files.
The above partial screenshot is from the zip window of zipper. The popup menu shows four options, which are only enabled (as above) when there is something for them to do.
Explaining this is much, much more difficult than actually doing it.
Zipper always extracts the files into their original directories, so if you wish to zip them and have them extract into particular directories, then you need to create the directory structure before you zip the files.
For example ....
If I make a zip file for "10Percent.htm", which on my computer is in "c:/ken/trans4mind.com/personal_development/MindDev/" then the file in the zip file will look like this:
You can see that the file has been compressed, with its directories, so when it is unzipped it will appear in long list of directories below the directory into which it has been unzipped.
So, if I unzip it into "c:/ken/trans4mind.com/personal_development/MindDev/", it will appear in:
However, if you select the directory above "c:/ken/trans4mind.com/personal_development/MindDev/", in my case, "c:/ken/trans4mind.com/personal_development/", the file will be zipped as follows (zip screen):
Note that the upper directory has been selected in the box near "RelDir". This time when I make the zip, it looks like this:
That is, by choosing a relative directory above the one containing the files, the files will be zipped in their directory, in this case, "MindDev/". So, wherever the files are unzipped on the computer, they will appear in a new directory "MindDev" below the one they are unzipped in. So, if the file is unzipped in the "c:" directory, it will appear as:
If you put nothing in the relative directories box, your files will be unzipped keeping all the directories on your computer.
If you put the same directory which contains your files in the relative directories box, then the files will be unzipped into the directory they are unzipped into (keeping any subdirectories).
If you put the directory above the one containing your files into the relative directory box, then the files will be unzipped in their present directory.
And if you put a lower directory in the relative directories box, then Zipper will revert to using the directory structure on the computer where they are unzipped. (Doing this is not recommended).
In the Unzip screen, you can use Zip Repair for zip files that may be incomplete or damaged. Normally, if the zip file is a program, then you will want to download another copy, but sometimes you might want to try and rescue some files from a zip archive.
When you click on the appropriate button (the ambulance) or the Menu Item - File: Fix Zip File - the Fix Zip program will try to get as many files from the zip as it can, and save them to a new zip file.
You must first open the incomplete zip in the Unzip screen (it will probably show no files), and enter a new name, when prompted for a zip file that includes the files that have been rescued. Ensure you also enter the '.zip' for the file. This new file will then open in the Unzip screen displaying any files it has rescued.
As Zipper is free, there is little point in having an EXE file, but you can create an exe file in a similar manner to creating a zip file. The only difference is that you will choose the Action Item: Make an EXE File, after you have added files to the list. You can also click on the appropriate button (the watch). Ken Ward's free zip program is easy to use, and free!