For Seniors: Compress a Windows File or Folder

To shrink the storage size of a file, or of all the files in a folder, you can compress the file(s). This is often helpful when you’re sending an item as an attachment to an e-mail message.

1Locate the files or folders that you want to compress by using File Explorer.

Compressing is a way of making an item smaller in size so that it is more easily sent.


2In File Explorer, you can do the following to select multiple items:

Select a series of files or folders. Click a file or folder, press and hold Shift to select a series of items listed consecutively in the folder, and click the final item.

Select nonconsecutive items. Press the Ctrl key and click the items.


3Right-click the selected item(s). In the resulting shortcut menu, choose Send To→Compressed (Zipped) Folder.

A new compressed folder appears below the last selected file in the File Explorer list. The folder icon is named after the last file you selected in the series, but it’s open for editing. Type a new name or click outside the item to accept the default name.

Another method for creating a zipped folder containing multiple files is to select the files in File Explorer, click the Share tab, and then click the Zip icon in the ribbon of tools.

You might want to subsequently rename a compressed folder with a name other than the one that Windows automatically assigns to it.