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Compressed Folder Tools Suddenly Grayed Out

  1. #11


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    Thank you for your quick reply. I have clicked on all of the zip files and at no time do they turn black. I was using 7zip but now using Winzip.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    As a test, download and merge the .reg file for the listed ZIP option in the tutorial below to restore the default associations for the built-in ZIP feature. That should then allow you to use the ZIP tools.

    Default File Associations - Restore in Windows 8
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  3. #13


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    I just completed the tutorial you sent me. The "Extract All" is no longer grey, but the files I'm missing are... Is there anything else I can do?
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  4. #14


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Good news so far.

    Right click on your desktop to see if you may have an "Undo..." option that you may be able to use to undo whatever action you did to hopefully restore them.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    Nothing.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    I'm not sure what to suggest for your files other than to look where you think you may have placed them.

    If you know any of their file names or extensions, you could do a search for that to see if they may show up in the search results.
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