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Zip and UnZip from Windows Explorer

You can create, update, and extract from archives right from Windows Explorer.

To access the commands listed in the tables below, select one or more files or folders in Windows Explorer and right-click one of them to open the context menu. In the menu, select PK Protect to display the PK Protect commands.

If You Select Anything But an Archive

If you select multiple files or folders, or a single file that is not an archive, the cascading menu displays these commands:

Command

What It Does

Add to Existing Archive

Adds all selected files and folders to an archive that you pick.

Compress: "<name>"

Adds all selected files and folders to a new ZIP archive named "<name>" and created in the current folder.

Compress to...

Adds all selected files and folders to a new archive that you name and specify a location for.

Encrypt to ...

Adds all selected files and folders to a new encrypted archive that you name and specify a location for.

Encrypt: "<name>"

Adds all selected files and folders to a new encrypted ZIP archive named "<name>" and created in the current folder.

ZIP and E-Mail

Adds all selected files and folders to a new archive named "<name>"(after the name of the first selected file, unless Encrypted File Names is turned on) that you can rename and specify a location for. Depending on your settings, you may also need to specify encryption methods. PK Protect then opens a new, blank email message window with the archive already attached. (Your email program may need to be running in order for PK Protect to be able to open a new message window.)

Options

Opens the PK Protect Options dialog. Here you can set options to apply when you add and extract files.

 If You Select an Archive

Additional commands display in the PK Protect cascading menu if you right-click an archive in Windows Explorer:

Command

What It Does

Open

Opens the selected archive in PK Protect.

Decrypt To

Opens the Extract Files dialog, where you can select the folder where you want to extract the contents of the archive.

Decrypt

Extracts the contents of the archive to the current folder.

Decrypt To: "folder name"

Extracts the contents of the archive to a subfolder named after the archive. PK Protect creates the subfolder if it does not already exist.

Copy passphrase

Every Smartkey generates a passphrase that can be shared with anyone by the Smartkey owner to allow them to open the encrypted file. Select this option to copy this passphrase to the Clipboard.

View/Edit Smartkey

Opens the Smartkey Properties window.

Options

Opens thePK Protect Options dialog. Here you can set options to apply when you add and extract files.

 You can also open an archive in PK Protect by double-clicking it if that archive type is associated with PK Protect. Note: you cannot open a ZIP archive in a long path (more than 260 characters) with a double-click. Open this file inside the PK Protect program.


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