This Article describes how to encrypt files and folders with PGP Desktop 9.6 for Windows.
PGP Desktop uses the PGP Zip program to encrypt files and folders. There are two methods with which the PGP Zip program can be accessed. First, PGP Zip may be accessed from within the PGP Desktop program by selecting the PGP Zip portion of the Control Box.
Second, the PGP Zip program can be accessed by right clicking on the desired file/folder in Windows Explorer and selecting PGP Desktop from the context menu. When a file or folder is encrypted using PGP Zip, a .pgp extension is appended to the file. The newly encrypted file will appear displaying an icon with a PGP and a lock.
|Note: This answer pertains to PGP Desktop 9.5 and 9.6 running in Windows 2000, XP, or Server 2003. The context menu options to encrypt a file/folder have changed from PGP Desktop version 9.x.|
Using PGP Zip within PGP Desktop
Follow the instructions in this section to create,open, or edit a PGP Zip file.
Create a PGP Zip file
To encrypt a new file using PGP Zip, perform the following steps.
|Caution: This process does not remove the orginal unencrypted file from the disk. To remove the original file from the disk, please use the PGP Shredder or edit the PGP Zip file in PGP Desktop and select Shred Original Files from Disk.|
Open a PGP Zip File
To open a previously created PGP Zip file, the file may be opened by double clicking on the file and entering the passphrase or by opening the file in PGP Desktop. Opening the file in PGP Desktop may be accomplished by the following:
Edit a PGP Zip File
Opening the file in PGP Desktop may be accomplished by the following:
Using PGP Zip with Windows Explorer
Whenever a file is selected in Windows Explorer and right clicked upon, the PGP Desktop menu is available for encryption and decryption processes. This option will provide access to the same access to the PGP Zip program.
Encrypt a file using PGP Zip with Windows Explorer
PGP Desktop has additional menu items available from the Windows Explorer context menu which allow access to encrypting files using the PGP Zip program. The following list provides a general summary of the functionality of the additonal items available from the Windows Explorer context menu.