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Compression tool delivers

Create zip files in a flash with this free tool.

While we could have done without the product pushes, this free file compression tool delivered good results. We especially liked its drag-and-drop functionality for creating new zip files.

There are three ways to access TyphoonZip's user interface: desktop shortcut, taskbar shortcut, and your context menu. The interface is nice to look at, and very easy to navigate. It consists of one window, with prominent command buttons for creating new zip files, opening zip files, and more. When right-clicking on the taskbar icon, we were a little put off by the long list of extra tools that require you to visit the publisher's site before you can use them, but at least they didn't interfere with the program's performance. Creating a zip file was as easy as selecting the files and dragging and dropping them into the window. The program asked for a save name and location, and that was it. Unzipping those same files proved to be just as easy, and required only a right-click on the archive to unzip the files and place them in a user-specified directory.

TyphoonZip does offer a Help file, though we found it a little vague. Still, novices should find the program extremely easy to use, even without a detailed guide. We recommend this viable file compression tool for all user levels.

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