How to Include Subfolders in WinZip

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WinZip creates compressed zip files, which contain one or more files. WinZip doesn't store any folder information by default. If you drag and drop folders into the WinZip window, WinZip stores all the files inside the folders in the root directory of the zip file. If you extract this zip file, all the files will be in the same directory. If you include subfolders, WinZip stores the folders you add to the zip file and preserves your file-organization structure.

Windows Vista and Newer

  • Click the "Zip" icon under the Home tab on the ribbon at the top left corner of the WinZip window.

  • Navigate to the folder containing the subfolders you want to include, and click "Zip."

  • Navigate to a location for your new zip file.

  • Type a name for the zip file into the name box.

  • Click "Create."

Windows XP and Older

  • Click the "New" button on the toolbar.

  • Navigate to a location for the new zip file, type a name for it into the name box and click "Create."

  • Navigate to the folder containing the subfolders you want to include.

  • Click the "Include With Subfolders" check box at the bottom of the dialog window.

  • Click the "Add With Wildcards" button.

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