Compressing files and folders is really important especially if you want to gain or free more space or if you want to safely store or transfer your personal data. So, if you are trying to zip a folder on Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 but you can’t manage to complete this task, check out the guidelines from below.

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Zipping a folder or any other files from your laptop, tablet or desktop should be an easy thing to do since this might be a daily task for most of the users who are using Windows 10, 8 as their default OS. Well, since Microsoft changed the Windows UI once Windows 10, 8 was introduced, you might experience problems while trying to complete basic operations such as compressing files or folders. So, due to same reasons, I have decided to detail how the zip process works on Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows RT – you have further info related to this topic during the lines from below, so check the same.

How to Zip a Folder on Windows 10 or Windows RT

1. Use the built-in compression feature

  1. Open File Explorer window on your device – you can do that by opening Charm bar from where you should access the Search box (within Search engine type File Explorer and then select the same).
  2. Now just select the files or the folder you want to compress.
  3. Right click on the same or just take a look over the options that are being already provided.
  4. Click or tap on “share” and select “Zip”.zip file windows 10
  5. Next a compressed folder will be automatically created in the same location you are currently located and with the same name as the file / folder you zipped.
  6. You can anytime add new files or folders to the zipped folder by dragging and dropping the data you want to be compressed.

2. Use file compression software

There are tens of file compression tools available on the market. We already compiled a list of the best file compression software that you can install on Windows 10 to help you decide which tool to download. Read the description and download the tool that best suits your needs.

There you have it, that’s how you can compress or zip a folder or file on Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows RT. If you’ve got additional tips and tricks on how to zip files and folders on Windows computer, do share your suggestions in the comments below.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2014 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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