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File Compression

Compressing files, folders, and programs decreases their size and reduces the amount of space they use on your drives or removable storage devices. Drive compression decreases the amount of space used by all of the files and folders stored on that drive. Windows supports two types of compression: NTFS compression and compression using the Zip files.

Windows XP Zip Folders

  • Folders that are compressed using the Compressed (zipped) Folders feature use less drive space and can be transferred to other computers more quickly. You can work with a compressed folder and the files or programs it contains just as you would with an uncompressed folder. Zip files remain compressed on both FAT and NTFS drives.
  • Once you have created a compressed folder (identified by the zipper on the folder icon), you can compress files, programs, or other folders by dragging them to it. You can open files directly from compressed folders, or you can extract files before opening them.
  • You can run some programs directly from zipped compressed folders, without decompressing them. However, to run programs that are dependent on other files, you must first extract them.
  • Zipped compressed files and folders can be moved to any drive or folder on your computer, the Internet, or your network, and they are compatible with other file compression programs. You can also share Zip files with other users.
  • You can protect zipped compressed folders with a password. This protects your data if you save it in a shared network folder, attach it to an e-mail message, or move it between work and home on floppy disks.
  • Windows also offers another way to compress folders if your drive is formatted as NTFS: NTFS file compression. However, NTFS file compression is significantly different from compressing into Zip files. Installing a different compression program to Windows will remove Compressed (zipped) Folders from the right-click menu choices and replace it with the new compression program's icon.

To extract files from a Zip file

  1. Open My Computer , and then locate the compressed file.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • To extract a single file or folder, double-click the Zip file to open it. Then, drag the file or folder from the compressed file to a new location.
    • To extract all files or folders, right-click the Zip file, and then click Extract All. In the Extraction Wizard, specify where you want to store the extracted files.

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