• Compression

    Get the Best Use from the 7-Zip Program

    Every PC user have faced the ZIP or RAR file formats, especially when they wanted to install some program or open an album of pictures sent by friend. ZIP is the most common format and the Windows Operating System has native built-in tool to manage ZIP files. However as we all know the native programs do not provide users with various desired features and since there are many free archivers that we can download and install why should we bother?

    A lot of good programs were reviewed at various popular media sources and the 7-Zip was the editor’s choice in most of them. Coincidence or not, but I’ve been using 7-Zip by myself for years and it has everything that archiver should have and even more. Even though, the 7-Zip is a very popular program these days, I have noticed that most of the users just install it and use the default setup. It’s the same as buying an iPhone and using it just for calls and text messages, you are not using all of its potential. Same here with 7-Zip, you can configure it in so many ways and set it up according to your own needs. And here goes my tutorial about how to get the best use from the 7-Zip archiver program.

    Configuration of the file associations

    Usually, Windows Explorer is the application for ZIP files assigned by default by the system. However, whenever you want to open a RAR archive you will get the annoying “Windows can’t open this file” error message. But you can get rid of this, you can use 7-Zip as your default program for all known archive types. So, after that you will be able to double click on any archive type file and it will be opened and managed with 7-Zip program. Here is what you need to do to setup that

    1. Follow to the All Programslist and open 7-Zip File Manager.
    2. In Windows Vista/7, you’ll need to right-click the 7-Zip executable and choose “Run as administrator” in order to change file associations.
    3. When the 7-Zip file manager opens, click on the “Tools” menu and select “Options”. You will see the dialog box as shown on Image 1 below.
    4. Select the tab called “System” and tickle all of the file types you wish to associate with 7-Zip.
    5. Click on “Apply” if you want to go on to make the changes given in the next section or click “OK’ and close the file manager if you are done.


    Configuration of the Windows context menu entries

    You can easily use the 7-Zip from the Windows Explorer context menu (right-click menu). Also, if you are using the 64-bit version of the operating system we advise you to install the 64-bit version of 7-zip for proper shell integration. You can set numerous 7-Zip functions in the right-click context menu, but you may not want all of them of course. However, it is quite easy to select just ones that you find useful and below we will describe how to do it.

    1. Perform the step 1 and 2 from the section above and continue from step 3 or step 5, select the tab “7-Zip”. (Remember, you’ll need to be running 7-Zip as administrator in Windows Vista/7)
    2. The dialog box will be open (Look at the Image 2 below).
    3. If you want entries for 7-Zip to appear in the Windows Explorer context menu, tickle the checkboxes by “Integrate 7-Zip to shell context menu” and “Cascaded context menu”. On the contrary, if you don’t want to see some entries in the context menu, remove them by tickling off these checkboxes and go to the step 5.
    4. Tickle the checkboxes by any entries that you want to appear in the context menu.
    5. Click “OK” and close the file manager.


    And there you go, you have just configured the 7-Zip your own personalized way.