Compress Files and Folders in Windows XP

Running out of room on your hard disk? Need some extra space to install a new program? Don’t worry, Windows XP comes to the rescue. Both Windows XP Professional and Home Edition now include a zip compression utility that you can use to compress files and folders on your hard disk. To compress a file or folder:

  1. Right?click the file or folder.
  2. Point to Send To.
  3. Then click Compressed (zipped) Folder.

This will make a compressed folder, identified by a zipper icon, which displays the same name as the file you compressed. You can also make a compressed folder from scratch, by following these steps:

  1. Right?click the desktop.
  2. Point to New.
  3. Click Compressed (zipped) Folder.

Open the new compressed folder and drag files inside that you would like compressed.