Windows has a built in feature that allows you to compress files. The first step in using this feature is to create a Compressed (zipped) Folder
How to create a compressed Folder:
- Open your “My Documents” folder
- Right-click in the My Documents folder and go to New > Compressed (zipped) Folder
- Name the folder with the name of the document(s) that you want to compress. The folder icon has a zipper on it, indicating it is a compressed folder.
Adding Items To and Removing Items From a Compressed Folder:
- Moving files and folders to or from compressed folders works the same as with normal uncompressed folders. You can simply drag a file to the compressed folder.
- When a file is dragged to the compressed folder it is automatically compressed
- When a file is moved out of a compressed folder, it is automatically uncompressed. The original compressed files remain in the compressed folder.
Attaching Compressed files to an e-mail
- Create the e-mail and click on the insert/attach icon
- Navigate to your “My Documents” folder and locate the Compressed (zipped) folder that you created
- Send the email
- The Compressed (zipped) Folder acts as a single file when attached to an e-mail
- Email attachments are limited to about 20MB per email. If your compressed folder is larger than 20 MB, you will need to break the contents into multiple compressed folders