Solved Is it possible to disable zip folders ?


lugran

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I use Windows 11 Pro 22H2 ver 22621.3007.

In windows 7 to 11, .zip file is treated as folder in windows explorer.

They appear as folders in the left pane of Explorer as part of the folder structure, which is what I do not want.

For windows 7, it is possible to treat .zip file as just common file, not folder.

By disabling zip folder feature. See :


Similary, in windows 11, is there a way to disable zip folder feature? :unsure:

A related post is


but, It seems that there is no clear conclusion yet.

Note that I use 7-zip. (y)
 
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I haven't noticed until now, that other compressed file extensions like
.rar and .7z are also treated as folder.

I think my question should be changed to target all compressed file extensions.
(equivalently, just all file extensions.)
 

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@lugran
What's your full objective?
Do you keep lots of zip folders around and can't stand the sight of them, or what?
 

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Yes! I don't want to see zip, rar, 7z files in the left pane of windows explorer.
 

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You can change the default app for handling files with the .ZIP extension so that File Explorer will no longer operate on ZIP files.

Go into Settings > Apps > Default apps
 

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You can also simply turn off the option to show all folders to make the left pane nice and clean.

Image1.jpg
 

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    No GPU - CPU graphics only (for now)
    Sound Card
    Realtek (on motherboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP Envy 32
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    2560 x 1440
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    1 x 1TB NVMe Gen 4 x 4 SSD
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Yes! I don't want to see zip, rar, 7z files in the left pane of windows explorer.
Oh..., okay.
Did you try the sevenforums tutorial?
 

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    ASUS VivoBook
Anyway, now in my PC, only .rar and .7z are treated as folder.
Surprisingly .zip is treated as common file.
I don't know exactly how this situation came to be.

I attach screenshots :

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@Edwin, Wow your reply was helpful!

The file Disable_ZIP_Compressed_Folders.reg on sevenforum.com worked on my PC (window 11)!


Due to my mistake, I thought that .reg didn't work. In fact, it worked well window 11, for zip extension.

For other compression extensions like .rar , .7z,... it has not been solved yet.
 

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I found the solution!
Disable_ZIP_Compressed_Folders.reg
just remove 2 registry keys.

Disable_ZIP_Compressed_Folders.reg :
-----------------------------------------------------
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CompressedFolder\CLSID]
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.zip\CLSID]
----------------------------------------------------

So, if you don't want to see .zip and .rar and .7z in the left pane of window explorer, apply
-----------------------------------------------------
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CompressedFolder\CLSID]
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.zip\CLSID]
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.rar\CLSID]
[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.7z\CLSID]
----------------------------------------------------

Now it looks good :D :
2024-02-12_105231.png
 

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It seems perfect if we just know the list of all such extensions that this logic can work with.
 

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