Software recommendation: change the pattern of decompression only with Bandizip

When it comes to decompression and compression, many friends think of WinZIP and WinRAR, but these two are paid software (WinRAR also has a free version, but built-in annoying ads). The free 7Zip is open source, but it’s not easy to use. In fact, in addition to the above options, you can now use Bandizip, which is not only free, but also has a variety of features.

Bandizip is similar to WinRAR, and Wndows 10 users need to set the file association for the first time, so that subsequent compression/decompression will be associated with Bandizip by default. In the settings window of Bandizip, click “Association Settings”, then click “Set Defaults by Application” in the window that opens, continue to select Bandizip in the window that opens and click “Manage Click “Manage”. RAR, .7zip, and .zip files to Bandizip (Figure 1).


Figure 1 Setting association

After completing the above settings, the use of Bandizip is basically the same as the commonly used WinRAR, and you can also quickly compress/uncompress files via the right-click menu, and the program window interface and layout are also very similar. However, in addition to these, Bandizip also has features that are not found in common similar software.

Previewing zip files without decompressing them

The files that we download from the Internet are often in the form of files like 01zip,, etc. We can’t know what files are compressed in them with the help of file names alone. Bandizip allows you to preview the compressed files by simply right-clicking on the compressed file and selecting “Compressed File Preview” to see at a glance what files are saved in the compressed file without opening the compressed file (Figure 2). You can see at a glance what files are saved in the zip file without opening the zip file (Figure 2).


Figure 2 Previewing the zip archive

Previewing images directly from the encrypted archive

In order to save volume, many of the images we download on the Internet are compressed, and many of them are also encrypted. When we need to find a specific image in a zip, the usual method is to enter the password, unzip all the images into a directory and then search for them one by one. This is a very time-consuming and labor-intensive process if you are only looking for one of the images!

Bandizip allows you to preview encrypted and compressed images, which makes it much easier to find the image files. Use Bandizip to open the image archive, then open any of the compressed images and enter the correct password, then return to the Bandizip window, and now click on another image to preview it directly, so that you can find the desired image file directly without compression (Figure 3).


Figure 3 Previewing encrypted image files

Of course Bandizip has other features, such as support for Unicode filenames (so you can name your compressed packages with various unique names), decompression of WinRAR, winZIP or 7zip split-volume compressed files (so you can eat all split-volume formats with Bandizip installed), etc.

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