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Compressing Files and Folders

You can compress files in special folders that use compressing software to decrease the size of the files they contain. Compressed folders are useful for reducing the file size of one or more large files, thus freeing disk space and reducing the time it takes to transfer files to another PC computer over the Internet or network. A compressed folder is denoted by a zippered folder icon. You can compress one or more files in a compressed folder by simply dragging them onto the compressed folder icon. When a file is compressed, a copy is used in the compression, and the original remains intact. You can uncompress, or extract, a file from the compressed folder and open it as you normally would, or you can open a file directly from the compressed folder by double-clicking or double-tapping it. When you open a file directly, Windows extracts the file when it opens and compresses it again when it closes.

Compress Files and Folders

  • yellow-1.jpg In the desktop, click or tap the File Explorer button on the taskbar.
  • yellow-2.jpg Select the files and folders you want to copy to a compressed folder.
  • yellow-3.jpg Click or tap the Zip button on the Share tab.
    • Right-click or tap-hold one of the selected items, point to Send to, and then click or tap Compressed (zipped) folder.
  • yellow-4.jpg If you want, rename the compressed folder, and then press Enter or tap a blank area.
  • yellow-5.jpg To copy additional files or folders to the compressed folder, drag the files onto the compressed folder.

View Compressed Files

  • yellow-1.jpg In the desktop, click or tap the File Explorer button on the taskbar.
  • yellow-2.jpg Double-click or double-tap the compressed folder to open it.
  • yellow-3.jpg Double-click or double-tap an item in the folder to open it using its associated program.

Uncompress Files and Folders

  • Individual files or folders. In File Explorer, double-click or double-tap the compressed folder to open it, select the files and folders you want to uncompress, and then drag the selection from the compressed folder to a new location in an uncompressed folder.
  • All files. In File Explorer, double-click or double-tap the compressed folder, and then click or tap the Extract all button on the Extract tab, and then step through the Extraction Wizard.
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