Compressing files or folders, in general, saves a little space on our computers. This article is going to show you how to compress files and folder in Window computers to save space or even send it via email to someone.

On Windows, there a couple of ways to compress your files and folders. These are mainly via the Windows native tool called “Archive” or simply by using third-party programmes like WinZip, 7zip, or WinRar.

Let’s get into it already.

Compress files and folders on Windows with an Archive tool

This tool is available in Windows 10 as well as older versions like the Windows 8.1 and 8. You really wouldn’t need any third-party if you are using any of those Windows versions.

The native tool called Archive will take care of the job.

Below are the steps to compress a file or a folder in Windows:

  1. Pick out the file or folder you want to compress otherwise known as “zipping up”.
  2. Now right-click on the selected file or folder.
  3. From the list of options, choose the “Add to archive…” option.
  4. From the window that pops up, choose the name you’d want the zipped (or compressed) file to have. Usually, the name it already has is maintained.
  5. Now choose the archive format you want. Either “RAR” or “ZIP”.
  6. Below that option is the Compression Method. Choose the one that best suits the task.
  7. And just click on OK and you are done!

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How to extract from or decompress a zipped file/folder

There are two basic ways to get the original files out of the zipped ones.

The first option is to right-click the compressed file and choose “Extract files…”, “Extract Here” or “Extract to [file name]”

For the second option, open the zip folder by double-clicking on it and drag its content to a new location. You are done!

Using Third-party File Compression Tools

As said earlier, there are a lot of third-party programmes used to compress files and folders in Windows. WinRar, WinZip, 7zip, and PeaZip are among some of the most popular ones. If the native compression tool in Windows doesn’t suit you, just head over to the websites of these software and cop one.


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