Compress/Uncompress Files and Folders You may want to compress files if your hard drive is running out of available space. While the operating system may be able to compress some files by 50 percent or more, other files’ sizes may not decrease significantly when they are compressed. Compressed files typically are stored by default in a file with a .zip file extension. The following steps describe how to compress a file or folder and then uncompress (expand or extract) the compressed file.
a. Press and hold or right-click the file(s) or folders you wish to compress to display a shortcut menu.
b. Tap or click the option to compress the file(s) or folder(s). (You may need to select a Send to or other command to display the compression options.)
c. If necessary, type the desired file name for the compressed file.
1. In addition to the operating system’s built-in functionality to compress files and folders, what other programs and apps exist that can compress files and folders?
2. In addition to trying to free space on your storage device, for what other reasons might you want to compress files and folders?
3. Try compressing various types of files on your hard drive, such as a Word document and an image. Compare the file sizes before and after compression. What did you notice with each type of file?