View Tab

The View tab of the WinZip Ribbon allows you to change how you see the contents of your Zip files. The View tab makes it possible for you to make a small change to the display or quickly switch to one of the two stock views. It also lets you control other open WinZip windows. These settings don't change even after WinZip has been closed. The features in this tab are listed by section and described below the picture.

View tab

Reset to

  • Default: Click this button to quickly reset WinZip back to the default view if you have earlier made changes
  • Classic: Click this to quickly switch to the Classic view (Zip file pane only, the table layout, and showing all files in the Zip file)


  • Files: Toggle the Files pane on or off
  • Actions: Toggle the Actions pane on or off


Use the drop down menus in this section to select view options in these areas of the program.

  • Files pane: The view in the Files pane can be changed to either Tall rows, Table, or Icon
  • Zip pane: The options for the Zip pane are the same as the Files pane.
  • Actions pane: By default the buttons in the Actions pane will be labeled accordingly, which makes them all a bit taller (Show Button Labels). If you wish to shorten the view, you may select Hide Button Labels. In either case, when you hover your cursor over a button, WinZip will display a tooltip telling what the button is for.

Current view

  • Sort by: Allows you to specify whether the list of files is sorted by Name, Type, or a number of other choices
  • Show: Show your Zip file contents in a folder view or a flat, all files view
  • Columns: Specify which columns will display when the all files view is in use
  • Folder Tree: Causes the Zip file pane to show a folder tree column on the left for quick navigation within and modification of Zip files (it may be necessary to widen WinZip in order to see the folder tree column)


  • New window: Open another, empty WinZip window
  • Close all: Close all of your open Zip files, leaving one empty WinZip window
  • Switch windows: When working with more than one open Zip file, use this button to quickly switch to a different WinZip window

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File Tab
Unzip Tab
Zip Tab
Manage Tab
Backup/Clean Tab
Tools Tab
View Tab
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