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Archive playback:
Zoom Player can automatically extract and play archive formats as they are loaded into the playlist. Use this interface to specify which archive extraction tool Zoom Player uses to extract each archive format. A popular freeware tool that covers most archive formats is 7-ZIP, which is available through the Zoom Player Install Center.

Hide extraction window
When enabled, the extraction window is hidden. Do not extract password protected archives with a hidden window as the password prompt will nor be visible and Zoom Player may appear frozen.

Allow archive file extension anywhere in the file name (e.g. "cool-album.zip.mp3")
When the "Allow EXT anywhere in name" checkbox is enabled, Zoom Player looks for the archive extension within the file name itself (as long as the extension isn't aligned to a letter or number). For example, "Myfiles.zip.mp3" would be detected as a zip file while "zippididua.mp3" would be treated as a standard MP3 file.

Extract and play the content of archive files when opening an entire drive or folder
Zoom Player's dialogs and navigation interfaces can be used to open folders or entire drives. With this setting enabled, Zoom Player will automatically extract archive files it encounters when performing these operations. This can cause instability by accidentally opening undesired archive files, which is why this setting is disabled by default.

Multi-Part file loader mode
When adding a file to the playlist, Zoom Player can automatically detect and adds additional file parts based on the original file name. For example, when opening the first episode in a folder containing multiple episodes of the same TV series. With 'Automatic' mode enabled, Zoom Player uses a heuristic matching algorithm to detect the extra parts.
With 'Name Masking' mode enabled, a special name mask can be used to detect the extra parts.

The "Disable when adding/opening multiple files" setting determines whether the multi-part file loader is used when opening more than one file through the "open file" or "add files to playlist" dialogs.

For more information, click on the "?" button next to the dialog.

Default Media Definition file
When Zoom Player tries to load a definition file for Media or DVD content and no file is found, Zoom Player then tries to load the default definition file if specified. For more information on definition files, click here.

Alternative path for media chapter files
By default Zoom Player searches for Media Chapter files (".zpchp" extension) in the same folder as the media currently being opened. If the media file resides on a read-only media (CD/DVD/etc, preventing editing or in cases where a single chapter file save location is preferred, the path specified in this field is searched when the original folder does not contain a chapter file for the playing media.

Alternative path for external audio tracks
When loading external audio tracks, Zoom Player searches in this folder to find matches. Useful when the source material resides on a read-only media such as a CD or DVD disc while the external audio file is on the hard drive.

Network path keep-alive
Some network connections may disconnect automatically due to idle conditions. To prevent this, you can add network paths to the list and Zoom Player will ping these paths every several minutes to prevent the network from being idle and disconnecting.