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Compressed Folder Tools Suddenly Grayed Out

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    Compressed Folder Tools Suddenly Grayed Out


    I'm on Windows 8.

    Compressed Folder Tools is all grayed out. I was able to zip and decompress files recently.

    I tried adding the context menu extract commands, per one of the tutorials here, but I get the right click heading without any choices. Any suggestions on how to get this ribbon command section turned back on?

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    Hello Dirty Butter,

    Please go ahead and post a screenshot showing this to see if it may help ID what the issue is.
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    I am able to unzip a file from the context menu within CuteFTP, but I can't get it to work from within Windows.
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    Ah, ok. You are referring to the tutorial below over at Seven Forums. This is not for creating ZIP files, but for NTFS compression instead.

    If you like the free 9.30 version (top left corner at link below) of 7-Zip is a good program to use for unzipping .gz files.
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    OK, so I misunderstood what that ribbon tool set was for. Thanks for the clarification. So 8 doesn't have a built in way to expand zipped files?

    I've used 7zip in the past, so I'll download that.
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    Yep, Windows 8 has the same built-in ZIP handler that Windows 7 does. It just doesn't support for .gz file types like 7-Zip does.
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    Thank you! Didn't realize .gz was out of the ordinary.
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    You're most welcome. Yeah, the built-in ZIP is just for the basics.
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    I had the exact same thing happen to me on my laptop. Everything on my desktop (now missing) shows up grayed in the Compressed Folder Tools Extract tab, and cannot be extracted. Unfortunately, I do not know where any of the files previously located on my desktop are located. I was working with some zipped files at the time, but have no idea if they were zipped into another file, and if they were, the name of the file. Any suggestions?
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    Hello Goleslie, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Are the tools still grayed out after selecting a .zip file?

    What default program do you have set to open ZIP files with? It doesn't look like you are using the built-in ZIP feature in Windows.
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