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Windows 7: Unable to edit files in ZIP folders

28 May 2010   #1
barneytoe

win7
 
 
Unable to edit files in ZIP folders

Win7 has this neat feature where I can navigate into a compressed (zip) file from Windows Explorer. The icon appears like a folder with a zipper through it & I can just navitage where I please.

However, I can't edit a file in the zip folder directly. I have to first copy it out of the zip, edit it, then copy back into the zip. What am I missing here? If I can overwrite a file why not just allow me to edit it?

thanks.
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28 May 2010   #2
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Zip is one of the several existing formats for "archive" files. These files are typically compressed to save space and simplify data transmission. Although Windows treats them as folders (a feature that I personally prefer to disable), they are not really folders. One can extract files from an archive or add files, but I've never heard of a possibility to edit files still in an archive. Maybe there is a third-party software that opens an archive, un-compress it (i.e. unzip) to some temporary folder, then allows you to edit files in this temporary folder and at the end puts the archive back together (i.e. zip the files from the temporary folder into a new archive of the same name). But I don't know any. Maybe someone else can suggest something.
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28 May 2010   #3
DarkStar GT

Windows Home Premium (64)
 
 

You're missing nothing (it was the same in previous Windows incarnations).

The "compressed folder" is really a single file, it just looks like a folder and files. What I do is drag the file out to the Desktop, edit it there, then drag it back in. The advantage is that you are working on a separate copy of the file too.
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24 Sep 2012   #4
pearmoth

Windows Vista Home Premium
 
 

7-Zip (7-Zip) is a freeware third-party program that does, in some cases, allow you to alter files and save them in-situ. That is, the file is updated in the zip file archive. It is a two stage save: first it asks if you want it saved in the temporary folder, and then it asks if you want it saved in the archive.

The problem I have encountered is that it works for .txt and .rtf but not .odt (OpenOffice Writer) which I use. I have not tried it on Microsoft Word, Excell, etc. Hence I rarely use it.

Hope this helps.

P.S.
For some non-rational reason I keep looking for a Windows version of IMB's PDS--Partitioned Data Set. I think I just became so familiar with PDS files when working on a mainframe that I missed them. Really the Folder/File system is very similar, and the ZIP/in-situ-save is even closer. So I just keep looking when I am bored.

The same goes for IBM's ISPF, but even more so since precious few Windows editors have the same line/column range editing capabilities. There are one or two freeware versions of ISPF, but they are not as robust as the IBM version.
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