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September 22, 2011  |  Difficulty: Easy

How to use compression utility available in Microsoft Windows® for compressing files

From time to time we need to send, backup or share certain files from a folder. The ZIP file format that goes by the file extension “.zip”, allows compression of selected files into an archive directory. This compression utility is available in Microsoft Windows® XP and higher by default. Compressing files can be achieved in several simple steps.

Instructions for MS Windows® XP:

  1. Click on the “Start” button and select “My Computer”.
  2. Locate the folder that contains the files you would like to compress.
  3. While holding down the “Ctrl” key on your keyboard, click on every file you would like to compress.
  4. Right-click on the selection and choose “Send to > Compressed (zipped) Folder“. The compressed folder will be created and named as one of selected files with the .zip” file extension.
  5. Right-click on the created .zip folder and choose “Rename” to enter a desired name. Press the enter key on your keyboard.

Instructions for MS Windows Vista® and 7:

  1. Click on the “Start” button and select “Computer”.
  2. Locate the folder that contains the files you would like to compress.
  3. While holding down the “Ctrl” key on your keyboard, click on every file you would like to compress.
  4. Right-click on the selection and choose “Send to > Compressed (zipped) Folder”. The compressed folder will be created and named as one of the selected files with the “.zip” file extension.
  5. Right-click on the .zip folder and choose “Rename” to enter a desired name. Press the “Enter” key on your keyboard.

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