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WinZip Background Tools

It is important to note that on Windows 10 you will be unable to use this WinZip feature if you either have all notifications from apps turned off or if you have turned notifications coming from WinZip off.

Notifications must be on


To use and configure these cleaner tools, simply open WinZip and click the Backup/Clean tab. The tools we are discussing are in the Folder Maintenance section at the far right part of the tab. There are 4 different buttons you can use for the various types of tools.

Four Tools buttons

They are:

  1. Review Notifications: Whenever a background tool runs, it sends out a Windows Notification (see the picture at the top of this article). If you do not see that notification and respond to it, no action will be taken. This tool will display the notifications that Windows 10 displayed and give you the chance to act even if it happened more than a day ago.
    Review Notifications
  2. Old Files: There are 7 default tools already in Old Files. You also can create your own. Each allows you have WinZip delete files that are older, or haven't been used, than the age you want.
    Old Files
  3. Duplicate Files: This will open empty and you will need to create tools after you click this button. When you click the Create a deduplicator button, a window will open and give you a chance to name your tool and pick the folder(s) that you want cleaned of duplicates, set a schedule and choose other options.
    Find/Delete Duplicates
  4. Photos: This will also open empty and you will need to create tools after you click this button. When you click the Create an organizer button, a window will open allowing you to name your tool, set a schedule for the tool, pick the cloud folder to organize, pick a destination folder for your photos, and choose other options.
    Organize Photos

If you have any questions about this information, please submit a Technical Support ticket.

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