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Windows 7: Change default extract folder


14 Jul 2010   #1

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Change default extract folder

I often download files to a default folder of C:\My Downloads and then using the Windows 7 extract function extract the files to C:\Hold (my own created folder) to proceed with installation of a program etc. then I come back and delete all the files after finishing up.

The extract function in Windows 7 always suggests a folder under the folder I downloaded to (C:\My Downloads\folder name) and I have to change it by typing in C:\hold.

Is there any way to set up a default folder of C:\Hold when I extract files so I don't have to type it in everytime ?

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14 Jul 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Windows 7 Extract function? I didn't even know there was one.

Download 7-Zip. It's free, quick, and easy. And you can pick a default extract location
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14 Jul 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

For those who don't know, intrinsic ZIP operations was built into Windows maybe 10 years ago, or so. It may have been with XP SP1 or SP2 - I don't remember exactly. Fire up Windows 7 XP Mode and try it with no 7-Zip or WinZIP or WinRAR installed. ZIP files are just folders to XP, Vista and Windows 7.

Bye.
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15 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kirsch View Post
Windows 7 Extract function? I didn't even know there was one.

Download 7-Zip. It's free, quick, and easy. And you can pick a default extract location
In Win 7 (and others) Just right click on the .zip file and select "Extract All..."
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15 Jul 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Try 7-Zip, I understand Windows has an extractor, 7-Zip allows more customization (plus its FREE and EASY)
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15 Jul 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You may not be able to change the default. This falls under the usual category of built-in programs. If Microsoft makes them too functional, they get sued. I agree with the others, to install a 3rd party app. Luckily, there are several good free alternatives, and they all offer much more function than the built-in extraction utility.
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15 Jul 2010   #7

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jfail View Post
I often download files to a default folder of C:\My Downloads and then using the Windows 7 extract function extract the files to C:\Hold (my own created folder) to proceed with installation of a program etc. then I come back and delete all the files after finishing up.

The extract function in Windows 7 always suggests a folder under the folder I downloaded to (C:\My Downloads\folder name) and I have to change it by typing in C:\hold.

Is there any way to set up a default folder of C:\Hold when I extract files so I don't have to type it in everytime ?
Can't you just use the Browse button instead of typing?


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15 Jul 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jfail View Post
I often download files to a default folder of C:\My Downloads and then using the Windows 7 extract function extract the files to C:\Hold (my own created folder) to proceed with installation of a program etc. then I come back and delete all the files after finishing up.

The extract function in Windows 7 always suggests a folder under the folder I downloaded to (C:\My Downloads\folder name) and I have to change it by typing in C:\hold.

Is there any way to set up a default folder of C:\Hold when I extract files so I don't have to type it in everytime ?
Can't you just use the Browse button instead of typing?
I think he understands he can use the browse button, all he wants to do is set the DEFAULT directory. Which, as far as I know, can only be done with 3rd party software
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