It's essential that you learn to use file compression software, to compress folders, files, and subfolders with their files into one archive file/folder.


Need for this skill is pervasive in all areas - business, education, Internet and intranets, Email, FTP, etc., where it's important to move multiple files more efficiently and faster.

Almost all files you download from the Internet are compressed using .zip file compression protocols.

When you see the .exe extension, the .zip archive file/folder has been wrapped up into an executable file/folder and the UNZIP software is included. That way the recipient does not have to actually understand how file compression works. They just have to click UNZIP and they have their files.

Windows XP File Compression:

Windows XP is the first Windows operating system that installs a file compression utility.
The default compression type is .ZIP protocol, which is the Internet and business standard.
WinZip is the most popular commercial .ZIP file compression utility.


Effect of installing other File Compression Utilities

However, if WinZip or WinRAR or another file compression utility has been installed, it will over-ride the Windows XP file compression utility.




1.  Open Windows Explorer or My Computer.

2.  Select all the files and folders you want to compress

3.  Right click on one of the selected files or folders

4.  Select " Send to " option

5.  Select " Compressed (zipped) folder

6. A compressed archive file folder is created, named after one of the files or folders that you selected.

7.  Right click on the filename of the new compressed archive file folder

8.  Select the RENAME option.

9. For this course, the renamed compressed archive file/folder must be:, e.g.,

NOTE: The method used in the Windows Tutorial is slightly different but results are the same:

      1. Open Windows Explorer or My Computer
      2. Locate the files or folders you wish to compress
      3. Right click in the open blank area - not on any files or folders
      4. Select NEW
      5. Select Compressed (zipped) folder
      6. Click OK
      7. Rename the compressed archive file/folder must be:

10.  IMPORTANT: When you rename a file,

 if you can see the file extension ( .zip ), the rename must include exactly that extension.

 If you can not see the file extension , then do NOT include it in the rename. It is there, but hidden.


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updated 2/3/2010 K Moore