If you are a graphic designer, a photographer or a person who has to share a bulk of files, photos or videos then the compression of these files is an essential part of your work process. For example, for event photographers who have to email set of high-resolution photographs in a single email to their clients, sending these files in their original form will consume a huge amount of time in their attaching and sending process. As these files are of several MBs in size, they take up a lot of space in not only the client’s inbox but also your outbox. This storage problem also occurs when cloud-based services like Google Drive, One Drive or Dropbox are used. This problem can be addressed by using the power of file or folder compression.
In the past, people were dependent on third-party desktop applications such as WinRAR, gzip and 7-Zip, etc. for the compression or un-compression of their files. Such software can be used even today but thanks to Microsoft’s ingenious design, Windows 10 comes with pre-built ability to zip and unzip files.
While the process of unzipping a file or folder is quite easy, same cannot be said about zipping it as the option is not as apparent as the former. In this article, we will give you a step-by-step tutorial on how to first ZIP a single file and then a folder in Windows 10. So without further ado, let us begin.
1. To ZIP a Single File in Windows 10
For this method, we will be using an image file with size around 5 MB to demonstrate the size reduction via file zipping.
- Click on File Explorer (Folder Icon) on Windows 10 taskbar.
- Find the file that needs to be compressed.
- Once you have located the file, right click on it to open a grey menu.
- From the opened menu, select ‘Send To’.
- Select ‘Compressed (Zipped) Folder’ from the next level menu. A zipped file will appear next to the original file.
- Rename the new ZIP file by entering the name of your choice
- Hit the ‘Enter’ key to save the new name.
2. To ZIP a Folder in Windows 10
Zipping of a folder containing multiple files is not only a productive disk space freeing method but also a smart way of saving time as well. Such zipped folders can yield a single folder when unzipped later.
- Click on the Folder Icon / File Explorer on the taskbar.
- Locate the folder that needs to be compressed into a ZIP file.
- Right-click on the folder containing multiple files. A grey menu will open.
- Select ‘Send To’ from the menu.
- Click on ‘Compressed (Zipped) Folder’ from the subsequent menu. A zipped folder will appear next to the original folder.
- Rename the newly created ZIP file
- Press ‘Enter’ key to save the custom name for the ZIP file.
In this article, I have elaborated to zip a file or folder in Windows 10 without using third-party tools.