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Zip a File or Folder - How To

How To Zip (Compress) a File or Folder in Windows
Published by Brink
18 Jul 2011
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How To Zip (Compress) a File or Folder in Windows

information   Information
Compressed (zipped) files take up less storage space and can be transferred to other computers more quickly than uncompressed files. You can work with compressed files and folders in the same way that you work with uncompressed files and folders.

This tutorial will show you how to ZIP (compress) a file or folder, multiple files and/or folders, and add files or folders to an existing ZIP file.

warning   Warning
If you add encrypted files to a compressed folder, the files will be unencrypted when extracted, which might result in unintentional disclosure of personal or sensitive information. For that reason, you should avoid compressing encrypted files.






OPTION ONE
To Zip a Single File or Folder in Windows using Send to
1. Right click on the file or folder, click on Send to and Compressed (zipped) folder. (see screenshot below)
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2. Type in a name you would like for the new ZIP file and press Enter.



OPTION TWO
To Zip Multiple Files and Folders in Windows using Send to
1. Select all of the files and/or folders that you would like to zip. (see screenshot below step 2)
Note   Note

To select random multiple files or folders
Press and hold the Ctrl key while clicking on a file or folder to select or deselect them, then release the Ctrl key when finished.

To Select everything inbetween two selected files or folders including the selected files and folders
Select a file or folder, press and hold the Shift key, click on another file or folder to select them and everything inbetween them, then release the Shift key.


2. Right click on the selected file(s) and/or folder(s), click on Send to and Compressed (zipped) folder. (see screenshot below)
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3. Type in a name you would like for the new ZIP file and press Enter.



OPTION THREE
To Add Files and Folders to an Existing ZIP File
1. Select the file(s) and/or folder(s) that you would like to zip.

2. Drag them to on top of the ZIP file until you see + Copy, and drop it (release). (see screenshot below)
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OPTION FOUR
To ZIP One or More File(s) and Folder(s) using Ribbon Bar in File Explorer

NOTE: This option is only available in Windows 8.
1. In File Explorer, select (highlight) the file(s) and/or folder(s) that you would like to zip.

2. Click/tap on the Share tab, and click/tap on the Zip icon on the ribbon. (see screenshot below)
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3. A ZIP file will not be created in the same folder containing the selected items. If this folder is a system folder (ex: Windows), then you will be prompted to create the ZIP file on your desktop instead.
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That's it,
Shawn




18 Jul 2011   #1
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

Nice work Shawn,
To Select everything inbetween two selected files or folders including the selected files and folders
Select a file or folder, press and hold the Shift key, click on another file or folder to select them and everything inbetween them, then release the Shift key.

that was a tip i didnt know, thanks


My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jul 2011   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

You're welcome Julian. Thank you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Jul 2011   #3
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Nice one, Shawn.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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19 Jul 2011   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

Thanks mate.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Sep 2012   #5
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I could use a tutorial for Unzipping these files. I have a bud who cannot understand how to do it. I think he has 7zip installed.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Sep 2012   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

Hello Gary,

I guess the easiest way to tell him is to open the ZIP file, and drag and drop the contents from within the ZIP file to his desktop to unzip them. That's pretty much universal no matter what ZIP program one is using.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Oct 2014   #7
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Main lap Asus ROG 7 Pro
 
 

Thanks Shawn you pulled my bacon out of the fire again - going mad trying to attach a 7 zip to a post and then found this amazing tutorial.
Thanks again
John
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Oct 2014   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

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