The printing company we work with has requested that we send files to them as compressed (ZIP?) folders. How do I create a compressed folder in Win8?
Either you’re working with really, really big files or the printing company is pushing work on you that’s not necessary. Honestly, disk space and even connectivity has meant that file size is less critical than it’s ever been, and the trends are just going to keep moving forward. If they’re really huge, you might even think about a 32GB USB flash drive that you fill up and mail to them, too, but regardless, compressed files are useful but perhaps less than you — and they? — are expecting.
In fact, pay close attention to the demo herein, and you’ll see that the various files I use for the demonstration end up compressed only the tiniest bit using the ZIP encoding. But if that’s what they ask for, well, maybe it’s easiest just to go with it. So let’s proceed.
To start, it’s easy. Go to your Desktop in your Microsoft Windows 8.1 system and right click on the desktop itself:
As you can see, you’ll want to simply choose “Compressed (zipped) Folder” from the “New” menu option.
A new folder pops up on the Desktop with the zippy name (sorry, I had to say that) “New Compressed (zipped) Folder”:
You can rename it or just double-click to open up the folder, which then looks like this:
Now just drag and drop the files, images, PDF documents, and other content you need to include in the folder.
Notice that it’s a “copy”, so the original file isn’t removed:
If you add a really big file, you might get a progress window as Windows tries to compress it:
Drag as many files as you need — and you can also drag folders en masse too, if you’d prefer — then when you’re done, just to see how it’s done, open the window nice and wide:
As you can see, we didn’t see much benefit at all from the compression: maybe a total of 2% of overall file size. Different files, different file formats, can yield better results for compression, but overall, a bit disheartening.
Hopefully you’ll see better results, however!