I'd like to be able to ZIP all selected files/folders in one keyboard shortcut. How to enable this feature in Windows 7?

Currently these are the options:

  • Right-click > 7-Zip > Add to temp.zip

  • Right-click > Add to Temp.rar

  • *Right-click > Send to > Compressed (zipped) folder

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Ideally, I'd like to have something like:

  • WIN+Z : zip selected files and automatically enter in renaming mode for the filename temp.zip (ready to be renamed)

  • WIN+SHIFT+Z: zip selected files with 7-zip and open the "Add to archive" dialog so that I can fill in a password.

What I've tried: Autohotkey with

SendInput {AppsKey}7{Enter}

I could do the same for #z with UP arrow, UP arrow, etc. but this is not very robust (sometimes the UI items change, etc.). Is there a better solution?

  • try using separate send commands for each keypress and put sleep 200 between them, it should be robust then – Mikhail V May 19 at 20:05
  • @MikhailV Yes but for some specific file types, some other options might be displayed in the menus (it's the case IIRC), so using a UP UP etc. is probably not ok for all file types. Is there a technique to do this without using simulated keypresses, but rather calling commands directly? – Basj May 19 at 20:38
  • without using context menu you mean? Yes I think, you can copy file paths to clipboard with alt+h then c then p. Then pass them to actual application (7-zip in your case). I would just use some more advanced file manager though ;) – Mikhail V May 19 at 21:14


#IfWinActive ahk_class CabinetWClass ; explorer

    explorer_path := "" ; empty this variable
    selection := ""
    filename := ""
    InputBox, filename, Enter a name for the archive, ,,300
    if ErrorLevel
    explorer_path := GetActiveExplorerPath()
    selection := Explorer_GetSelection()
    ToolTip, Wait for `n%explorer_path%\%filename%.zip"
    Loop, parse, selection, `n
    RunWait, %comspec% /c "7z.exe a "%explorer_path%\%filename%.zip" "%A_LoopField%"",,hide UseErrorLevel    ; if it doesn't work replace 7z.exe with its path.
    Process, WaitClose, 7z.exe


; https://www.autohotkey.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=69925
    explorerHwnd := WinActive("ahk_class CabinetWClass")
    if (explorerHwnd)
        for window in ComObjCreate("Shell.Application").Windows
            if (window.hwnd==explorerHwnd)
                return window.Document.Folder.Self.Path

; https://www.autohotkey.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=76&t=60403&p=255273#p255256
   WinGetClass, winClass, % "ahk_id" . hWnd := WinExist("A")    ; %
   if !(winClass ~="Progman|WorkerW|(Cabinet|Explore)WClass")
   shellWindows := ComObjCreate("Shell.Application").Windows
   if (winClass ~= "Progman|WorkerW")
      shellFolderView := shellWindows.FindWindowSW(0, 0, SWC_DESKTOP := 8, 0, SWFO_NEEDDISPATCH := 1).Document
   else {
      for window in shellWindows
       try  if (hWnd = window.HWND) && (shellFolderView := window.Document)
   for item in shellFolderView.SelectedItems
      result .= (result = "" ? "" : "`n") . item.Path
   if !result
      result := shellFolderView.Folder.Self.Path
   Return result
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