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PeaZip User Guide
How to Create Archives using PZip
From the Desktop
- To select a file(s) or folder to archive from the desktop, right-click on the file or folder, and in the PeaZip menu, or the Send to menu, select Add to archive. The selected file(s) or folder will appear in the archive creation confirmation dialog.
Image 1: Initial new archive screen.
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From the Windows Operating system:
- Right click on the file or folder to be archived and click on "Add to archive" in context menu or Send To menu. It will open the archive creation confirmation dialog, more options are available in “Advanced” tab; click OK to create the archive.
- Alternatively, drag files/folders to PeaZip’s window or shortcut; the same archive creation interface will be shown.
From within PeaZip:
- Select the file(s) or folder to be archived and click on "Add" button; the same archive creation interface will be shown.
Image 2: Example of a file in the new archive before creating a .zip archive file.
Open an existing archive in PeaZip(i.e. with double-click, or drag an archive on PeaZip’s window or icon), then drag files and folders to be added in the archive (or click on "Add" button and use application's context menu to add files and folder to the archive). It will open the archive creation confirmation dialog; click OK to update the existing archive.
How to Add Content to an Existing Drive
Image 4: Open up the existing archive and 'drag and drop' the additional file or folder to this archive folder. Click on the OK button to add new file to existing archive.
Image 3: How to add an additional file to an existing archive file.
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Image 5: Image showing the addition of the new file to the archive
How to Create Encrypted Archives
Please Note: PeaZip uses AES-256 encryption by default. If the password or passphrase is lost the encrypted archive file will be inaccessible.
- Click on the padlock icon to enter a password and optionally a keyfile; the icon is featured both in PeaZip’s file browser’s status bar and in archive creation interface.
- To hide names of files and directories contained in the archive check “Encrypt also filenames”, please note that it will be applied only if the archive will be created in a format supporting this function, like 7Z and ARC.
NOTE: In the archive creation interface, alongside the padlock icon, there is a color line (red for weak password, green for strong password) at the bottom of the form to visually inform if encryption is set and if the current archive format supports encryption.
- Please click on OK and then OK again to create the password encrypted file. It is highly recommended to attach the password encrypted file and send as an attachment using email. Then send a separate email with the password to recipient.
Image 6: Password entry dialog box. Please note the use of "Encrypt also the file names (if support by the format)."
How to Extract Encrypted Archives
To extract an archive from the desktop, right-click the archive(s) and in the PeaZip dialog menu, then click on the “Extract here”, “Extract (in new folder)”, or “Extract...”
- Extract here will automatically extract the archive(s) into the same folder in which they exist.
- Extract (in new folder) will automatically extract the archive(s) into a new folder which is named after the file name of each archive(s).
- Extract... will open the extraction confirmation dialogue with the archive(s) listed. Then use the mouse to down to follow the output path to the needed file then click OK.
Image 7: Right Nouse click on encryted archive file and use PeaZip dialog to "Extract here in new folder").
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The end user will enter the password in the PeaZip password dialog box to begin decryption. The file (s) and/or folder(s) will be decrypted and copied to a new folder.
Image 8: Peazip Encrypted Archive password dialog box.
How to Open an Archive from within PeaZip
How-To select a single archive with PeaZip:
- Drag a single archive onto the PeaZip icon. The archive will be listed in the main window of one instance of PeaZip, or; Right-click an archive(s) and in the pop up menu, select open. If a single archive is selected, then one instance of PeaZip will be opened. Multiple archives can be selected, then each individual archive will be listed in a separate instance of PeaZip, or;
- Open PeaZip and from the left file system menu, use your mouse follow the file system to an archive, and highlight it.
Image 9: Right mouse click on the archive file to be extracted and from drop down menu select and click on "Open an archive."
- Click on “Extract” to list the object in the extract confirmation dialogue, then click OK to extract the archive to the same folder in which it exists, or;
- Click on “Extract all to...” or use the key board command CTRL + E to drill down to an alternate output path then click OK to extract the archive, or;
- Click the arrow to the right of “Extract to all...” to view a pop-up menu of several additional choices.
- Click on “Extract all to...” will display a pop-up menu to select an alternate output path. After drilling down to the desired output path, click OK to extract the archive.
- Click on “Extract all here” will automatically extract the archive to the folder in which it is currently located.
- Click on “Extract all to Desktop” will automatically extract the archive to the Desktop.
- Click on “Extract all to Documents” will automatically extract the archive to the current user's Documents folder.
- Click on “Extract all to XX” will automatically extract the archive to the path XX which is of your choice.
- Click on “Extract in new folder” will automatically extract to archive into the folder in which it exists, AND into a new folder whose name is that of the archive.
- Once all objects and additional settings are set, click OK to process the archive and extract to the location of your choice.
How to Open an Archive from within PeaZip