- Using the Explorer Window
- Changing the Explorer Window View
- Opening and Viewing the Computer
- Viewing and Opening Documents
- Opening Recently Used Documents
- Working with Personal Folders
- Navigating Between Folders
- Viewing the Folders List
- Changing the Explorer Layout
- Customizing the Navigation Pane
- Organizing Files by Headings
- Searching for Files and Folders
- Saving a Search
- Changing Search Options
- Performing an Instant Search
- Performing an Advanced Search
- Performing Natural Language Searches
- Adding Properties and Tags to Files
- Modifying the Index to Improve Searches
- Creating and Renaming Files and Folders
- Copying and Moving Files and Folders
- Deleting and Restoring Files and Folders
- Creating a Shortcut to a File or Folder
- Hiding Files and Folders
- Changing Folder Options
- Changing File and Folder List Views
- Customizing Personal Folders
- Sharing Folders or Files with Others
- Compressing Files and Folders
- Managing Files Using a CD or DVD
Compressing Files and Folders
You can compress files in special folders that use compressing software to decrease the size of the files they contain. Compressed folders are useful for reducing the file size of one or more large files, thus freeing disk space and reducing the time it takes to transfer files to another computer over the Internet or network. A compressed folder is denoted by a zippered folder icon. You can compress one or more files in a compressed folder by simply dragging them onto the compressed folder icon. When a file is compressed, a copy is used in the compression, and the original remains intact. You can uncompress, or extract, a file from the compressed folder and open it as you normally would, or you can open a file directly from the compressed folder by double-clicking the Compressed File icon. When you open a file directly, Windows extracts the file when it opens and compresses it again when it closes.
Compress Files and Folders
- Select the files and folders you want to copy to a compressed folder.
Right-click one of the selected items, point to Send To, and then click Compressed (Zipped) Folder.
- If you want, rename the compressed folder.
To copy additional files or folders to the compressed folder, drag the files onto the compressed folder.
View Compressed Files
Double-click the compressed folder to open it.
- Double-click an item in the folder to open it using its associated program.
- Double-click the compressed folder to open it.
- Select the files you want to decompress.
Do one of the following:
- Single file or folder. Double-click the compressed folder to open it, and then drag the file or folder from the compressed folder to a new location.
- All files. Right-click the compressed folder, and then click Extract All, and then step through the Extraction Wizard.