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How to compress a file in Windows 10

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We explain how to compress a Windows 10 file so you can transfer it or share it more easily to a hard drive.

Compressing files can be very useful because it makes it much easier to upload files to the cloud or move them to a hard disk.

When we compress a file, making it smaller. It is much easier to manage, although note that you can not access its content while it is compressed.

In this article, we explain how to create a compressed file and also how to unzip it. The best thing is that if you use Windows 10 you will not have to install any extra software since a tool that allows you to compress files comes from the factory.

How to compress files and folders

You can compress your files and folders directly from the ‘Windows Explorer’. Open the ‘File Explorer’ and navigate to the files or folders you wish to compress.

Select a single file or folder, or select several by holding down the ‘Ctrl’ key and clicking on several files or folders.How to compress files and folders

Click with the right mouse button, go to ‘Send to’ and pass the mouse pointer over it. Select the option ‘Compressed folder (zip)’.

A compressed folder will appear in the directory you are currently in that contains the files you have selected.

How to unzip a file in Windows 10

Fortunately, unzipping a folder in Windows 10 is also a very simple task. So follow the steps below to find out how to do it.

Right-click on the folder and select ‘Extract all’. Windows will ask you where you want to extract the contents of your compressed file.

Once you have selected where you want the files to be located. Click on ‘Extract’ and Windows will extract the folders from the compressed file ready to use.

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