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Extracting files


Click on Extract to begin files extraction.  

There are several ways to extract files from an archive: the most intuitive is to click the "Extract" button and let the extraction dialog appear. The extraction dialog shows all the options you may want to set before extracting files, like destination folder or the behaviour of the program when it is going to overwrite files in the destination folder. If no file is selected in ZipGenius files list, "All Files" option will be selected automatically; if one or more files are selected, ZipGenius automatically will check the "Only selected files" option. Beside these options, you can see the options "Only files of type", which allows to extract only certain file types, and "By folder", which allows to extract files related to a certain folder (files have to be stored with path info).

There are also other ways to extract files: in the extraction dialog you will find a useful sidebar with links to common system folders (Desktop, My Documents and so on): click on a link to set that as the destination path.
Also the "Extract" button and the popup menu have been enhanced with a new submenu called "Extract to...", where you will find the same list of common links: just select some file, right click and choose where to extract them. If you right click with no file selected, ZG will extract all files in archive.

OPTIONS

Use subfolders info
This option allows to rebuild of the original folder structure if files have been stored together with folder info.

Open destination folder
When extraction ends, it will open the destination folder.

Run Setup
If a setup file is in the archive ("SETUP" should appear in the status bar), ZipGenius will run that file at the end of extraction procedure.

Quit ZipGenius
When extraction ends, ZipGenius will shutdown itself.

 You have also to tell ZipGenius how to behave when it is going to extract files already existing in the destination folder:

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    • Don't overwrite - files already existing will be skipped.
    • Always Overwrite - files already existing will be replaced.
    • Freshen files - extracts and updates only file already existing in the destination folder; existing files will be replaced only if older than the compressed version.
    • Update files - extracts new files and updates existing files if compressed versions are newer.
    • Ask Before Overwrite - ZipGenius will ask you what to do.

 

Destination
In this box you can set in which folder ZipGenius will extract files. You can use the tree view to browse folders or you can type directly the path in the related field. Check "Create a folder from archive name" if you want to create a subfolder in the destination path whose name derives from archive file name. Example: if archive name is "MyArc.zip" and destination path is "C:\Temp", ZipGenius will create a subfolder and the destination path will be "C:\Test\MyArc".
Any path you will write in the destination field, it will be checked and non-existing subfolders will be created automatically, so if you write "C:\Test\MyFolder" and "MyFolder" doesn't exists in "C:\Test", ZipGenius will create that automatically.

Special destination folders
If you have a PocketPC?
you can force ZipGenius to add it to the destination folders list of the extraction dialog. When you set "PocketPC" as destination, ZipGenius will extract files in the ActiveSync? synchronization folder, where any changes to files and folders reflects on your mobile devices each time you connect it to your desktop PC. For further info see ActiveSync help file and read the PocketPC? page of this help file.
Under Windows XP you are allowed to write files to a CD-R without using external applications. When you do that, Windows XP copy files to be burned to a special location that Windows XP represents as your CD-R writer device. You can extract files to that location by choosing "CD-R/RW" in the destination folders list. This feature is also available in ZipGenius popup menu and in the sidebar, for quick extraction to this location but with a small difference: when using this feature from the popup menu, ZipGenius will use path info by default; if you don't want to rebuild original folder structure in the CD-R folder of Windows XP, you have to go to "Options">"Advanced Settings">"Misc. settings" and to check "Extract to CD-R without folders". This procedure is not necessary when using the common extraction dialog, because the CD-R/RW writer is treated as a common folder. If you have special UDF applications (such as Ahead's InCD?) you can directly write files to a CD-RW because InCD overrides the system default behaviour and it's able to write files in real time to CD-RWs.


Extracting an entire folder.
Sometimes you may need to extract an entire folder from an archive and you can choose the specific option from the extraction dialog, just as you can read above.
Anyway there is a faster and easier way to achieve the same result:

  1. Open an archive: ZipGenius should show the directory structure in the "Folder" view on the left of its window:
  2. Browse folders to find the one you want to extract
  3. Select that folder and drag that to any other Windows folder (or to the desktop) by holding the left mouse button and moving the mouse
  4. Release the mouse button to begin extraction.