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BitZipper Frequently Asked Questions

How do I add files to an archive?

You can add files to an archive in several ways: with the classic interface, the Wizard interface, Windows Explorer, or a Drag and Drop method. All of these methods are described below:

Classic interface

To add files using the classic interface, open an archive and follow these steps:

  1. Display the Add files window using one of these methods:
    1. Click the Add button on the toolbar.
    2. Select Add from the Edit menu.
    3. Press [Ctrl+A] on your keyboard.
  2. Use the drive selector, folder tree and folder content list to locate the folder containing the files to add to the archive.
  3. Highlight the files to add.
  4. With all of the options listed below set, you can now click either the Add with wildcard button or the Add button.
Optional settings that you might want to change include the following:
  • Compression - set to one of these four options: None, Light, Normal and Maximum. Maximum takes the longest time to compress, but gives the best compression result.

  • Volume - specifies size if you are creating a multi-part, or split, zip file. Select between the predefined sizes or enter a custom size, in bytes, using digits only. Note: This option is for zip files only.

  • Folders - Set rules for other operations. These options include the following:
    1. Include files in sub-folders - adds files in folders below the current folder.
    2. Include folder information - stores folder information in the archive so that the same folder structure may be created when extracting the files.
    3. Include drive information - stores drive information in the archive so that files may be extracted to the same drives.
    4. Relative folders - begins folder names at the current folder, and does not contain the full path. This means that the folder tree from the current folder and below will be stored, but not the structure above the current folder.
The classic interface Advanced tab gives you access to still more options for Attributes, Files, Password, Multi-disk archives and File exclusions:
  • You can set the following Attributes:
    1. Only add if archive bit is set - adds only files with the archive bit set.
    2. Clear archive bit after adding - removes the archive bit from the files after adding them to the archive.

  • You can set the following Files option:
    1. Delete files after adding - deletes the files from your hard drive after they have been added to the archive. Note: Use this feature with great caution.

  • You can set the following Password option:
    1. Password - encrypts the content of the archive. The password is used later when you want to extract files from the archive. There is no way to recover a lost password other than trying all password combinations; therefore, it is important to remember the password.

  • You can set the following Multi-disk archives option:
    1. Enter the amount of space, in kilobytes, that you want to leave on the first disk. This space can be used for a readme.txt file, for example.

  • You can set the following Exclude these files: option:
    1. Specify a list of filenames and filespecs that you never want to include in archives. This feature is most commonly used to avoid adding backup files and other temporary files to archives.

Wizard interface

To add files to an archive using the Wizard interface, follow these steps:

  1. Click the checkbox Create new archive, and click Next.
  2. Enter the name of your new archive or browse your system for the destination folder, and click Next.
  3. Select the files to include in your archive, using one of the following methods, and then click Next.
    • Click the Add button to browse your system for the files.
    • Drag the files or folders from Windows Explorer and drop them onto the file list.
  4. Click Close.

Windows Explorer

BitZipper's integration with Windows Explorer gives you four new options for adding files to archives. Access the new options by right-clicking a non-archive file or folder and selecting the BitZipper menu. Descriptions of these options follow:

  • Add to... - specifies the name and location of an archive to which you want to add the file.
  • Add to x:\archive-name.zip - creates a new archive with the same name as the file and adds the file to the archive.
  • Add to x:\TEMP\untitled.zip - adds the files to an archive called untitled.zip in the Windows temporary folder.
  • Zip and e-mail - creates an archive with the same name as the file, starts your default e-mail client, and attaches the new archive to the new message. The email message is then ready to send.

Drag and drop

To add files to an archive using the Drag and Drop method, follow these steps:

  1. Open an archive.
  2. Click a mouse button to select the files or folders to archive. Do not release the button as you drag your files to BitZipper.
  3. Release the mouse button. Note: Both the left and right mouse buttons can be used for this operation, but they give different results:
    • The left mouse button immediately adds the files or folders to the archive.
    • The right mouse button pops up a menu that gives you more options: Add the files immediately, display the standard Add Files window to select more files, or cancel the operation.
  4. Your files are now in the open archive.