An option to NOT show zip files as expanded in Windows 7 Explorer?

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by John Doe, May 5, 2014.

  1. John Doe

    John Doe Guest

    I recently had trouble recognizing the fact that a download was
    actually a compressed file. Not likely to happen again, but maybe
    an option to prevent Windows Explorer from showing compressed
    files as ordinary folders (with subfolders shown) might be worth a
    try. I do have file extensions shown, but that didn't help. The
    zipped folder icon looks the same as a regular icon to me.

    The problem occurred when I mistakenly tried moving some of the
    subfolders in the zipped file (shown as a regular folder). Windows
    had to extract everything in those folders that were being moved
    to the destination and it took about ten times longer than it
    should have like when using 7-zip.

    Is there an option to prevent compressed files from by default
    showing as regular folder trees in Windows 7 Explorer? I'm
    using Classic Explorer.

    Thanks.
     
    John Doe, May 5, 2014
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  2. John Doe

    ...winston Guest

    John Doe wrote, On 5/5/2014 3:08 AM:
    The zipped folder icon is different. If not visible, reconfigure Win7's
    Windows Explorer to show larger icons. Once done, you should notice the
    zipped folder icon has a 'zipper' :)
     
    ...winston, May 5, 2014
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  3. John Doe

    Mayayana Guest

    Install a real ZIP program. The limited ZIP
    functionality in XP+ is nice for people who
    don't understand ZIP files, but personally I
    find it very confusing. It's too easy to open
    a file and then forget that it's actually
    inside a ZIP. If you install an actual
    ZIP program you can then assign ZIP files
    to that.


    |I recently had trouble recognizing the fact that a download was
    | actually a compressed file. Not likely to happen again, but maybe
    | an option to prevent Windows Explorer from showing compressed
    | files as ordinary folders (with subfolders shown) might be worth a
    | try. I do have file extensions shown, but that didn't help. The
    | zipped folder icon looks the same as a regular icon to me.
    |
    | The problem occurred when I mistakenly tried moving some of the
    | subfolders in the zipped file (shown as a regular folder). Windows
    | had to extract everything in those folders that were being moved
    | to the destination and it took about ten times longer than it
    | should have like when using 7-zip.
    |
    | Is there an option to prevent compressed files from by default
    | showing as regular folder trees in Windows 7 Explorer? I'm
    | using Classic Explorer.
    |
    | Thanks.
     
    Mayayana, May 5, 2014
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  4. John Doe

    Paul Guest

    Recipe here. Includes .reg files for turning it on and off.

    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/13619-zip-folders-enable-disable-windows-explorer-view.html

    Paul
     
    Paul, May 5, 2014
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  5. John Doe

    John Doe Guest

    As originally mentioned, I have a real ZIP program. The problem
    was (before Paul's apparent solution) that Windows was showing
    downloaded zip files as folder trees. I don't need the confusion.
    Whenever I download a compressed file, I extract it. For some
    strange reason, Windows shows compressed files as folder trees,
    but worse than that is when you mistakenly try to move contained
    folders. It takes forever, like 10 times as long to extract the
    files that way.

    Anyways... The simple solution will be to keep Windows Explorer
    from showing compressed files as folder trees, as in Paul's
    reference/citation...

    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/13619-zip-folders-enable-disable-windows-explorer-view.html

    It's at least worth a try. I can't recall ever needing to look
    into a downloaded zip file before extracting it. There is no risk,
    so I just extract the thing. And it usually needs to be extracted
    anyway.
     
    John Doe, May 5, 2014
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  6. John Doe

    John Doe Guest

    How do you know it's a folder? How do you know it's not a
    compressed single file?

    If Microsoft is going to confuse the issue without giving me a
    simple option to turn it off, it should at least warn me when
    moving subfolders within the compressed file structure. You know,
    like "Would you like to extract to the destination?" And if it
    can't find the programmer to warn me that the folders/files being
    moved are going to be extracted, it could at least warn me that it
    will take 10 times longer than a real ZIP program to extract the
    files to the destination. That was the main problem. The
    move/extraction thing tied up my system for so long I thought it
    was failing.
     
    John Doe, May 5, 2014
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  7. John Doe

    ...winston Guest

    John Doe wrote, On 5/5/2014 12:58 PM:

    It is what it is. One can also look at the file type...for a zipped
    folder it shows 'Compressed (zipped) Folder'.
     
    ...winston, May 5, 2014
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