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I have a zip file that contains a empty path, which I want to be rid of. How can I clear it, while maintaining the rest of the zip? When I open the item in winzip I cannot see the empty file, but upon extracting it, the empty path is created.

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In older versions of WinZip, the empty folder names aren't shown, however, we can change that :)

  • Open up the registry editor to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Nico Mak Computing\WinZip\WinZip
  • Add a string value called ShowDirEntries (Right-click -> New -> String Value) and then set to 1.

You should now see the entries in WinZip and be able to delete them from within WinZip.

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Very good, thank you. – C. Ross Feb 16 '10 at 19:29

It's possible that I don't fully understand this. When you open the zip file with explorer, it doesn't let you delete the empty folder?

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I'm on Windows XP, and I can't seem to open the zip file in windows explorer. I'm trying to fix it in winzip. – C. Ross Feb 16 '10 at 18:55
With the archive open in WinZip, when you right-click on the folder you should get an option to "Delete". – alexsome Feb 16 '10 at 19:01
The empty folder is not visible in WinZip, should have mentioned that. If there is a way to get it to show empty folders, that would help. – C. Ross Feb 16 '10 at 19:05
I found the answer John T suggested just after I incorrectly stated it works fine for me - go figure. You can also try this: go to the "View" menu and select "Files by Folder". This does work fine for me. – alexsome Feb 16 '10 at 19:27

Open the Zip file with Total Commander, highlight the empty folder and press F8 to delete it.

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