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Create a zip file in Windows 7 (Zipped archives / compressed folders)

Since Windows XP, you can create zip files on Windows, without having to own a special kind of software like WinZip or WinRAR; this remains true in Windows Vista and Windows 7. Microsoft took the magic away from creating zip files (compressed folders), and now anyone can do it. This tutorial will go over the creation process, and explain how to add files and even folders to a compressed folder. As a side note, zip files you create in Windows 7 will be compatible with Windows XP and Windows Vista, as well as Mac OS X and Linux (users on those operating systems will be able to open them).


Create a compressed folder in Windows 7

Follow these steps to make a new zip file on your computer:

Add files and folders to a zipped / compressed folder in Windows 7

Microsoft has made it very easy to work with zipped folders, and for the most part, you'll find that they generally behave just like regular folders!

Tip: the amount of disk space saved by storing files inside compressed folders depends on the type of files you are archiving; "binary files" like movies and pictures are often already compressed, and storing them inside a zipped folder won't make much of a difference. Word documents, web pages, and text files, for example, will compress very well, and the amount of hard drive storage saved will be noticeable. See how you can get file sizes.

Regardless of file size, a compressed folder is a very practical way, for example, to email a group of file as a single file attachment - otherwise you'd have to attach one file at a time!

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