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How to add an unzip shell extension in Windows

Windows XP includes a useful feature for browsing and decompressing zip files, or "Compressed (zipped) Folders". The decompress feature is accessible by right-clicking on a zip file and selecting "Extract All..." from the context menu. However, its wizard-style interface is cumbersome, slow, and annoying to use. Follow this tip to add an "Extract Inplace.." menu option that unzips the file quickly without any intermediate dialogs.


Download unzip.exe

Install unzip.exe

Add the Registry Keys Automatically

Add the Registry Keys Manually

registry shell extension compressed folder 

Test the Extension

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Created 2005-04-24, Last Modified 2011-07-24, © Shailesh N. Humbad
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