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Winzip - File and Folder deletion


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jan 21, 2016
Hi all,

Hoping someone can help

I am a mac user – Macbook Pro 13 inch 2016 using sierra 10.12.6 and winzip 7.0.4521.

I have opened the winzip application up, ticked ‘encrypt when adding to zip’ and pressed the ‘+’ icon to add to zip. I’ve then navigated to the file, a ~20mb file that was just floating on my desktop, and added the file. I’ve then hit ‘save as’ and when the screen popped up where I’d typically type in the file name, I’ve notived that ‘desktop’ has absolutely no files – it seems they’ve all been deleted. I’ve then switched screens to check and there’s nothing at all on my desktop any more. I had Steam on there, around 30 folders, perhaps 20 docs (word, PDF and ZIP) plus a couple of screenshots I was keeping as proof of purchase. I’ve tried searching for the documents via finder but finder can’t locate them either.

I’ve not pressed ‘Save’ yet as I’m hoping you can help me find these documents?

Please also note they’re not in the trash folder – I’ve already checked. I've also done some pretty intense searching of google, and have emailed Winzip support but wouldn't expect a reply from them for another 24 - 48 hours so hope someone here can recommend something.

Thanks in advance,


macrumors 603
May 22, 2008
Milwaukee, WI
1. Restore the files from your backup

2. Learn a lesson: keeping actual files on the Desktop can be disastrous. Stuff happens on the Desktop that won't happen to Folders.
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