How to Attach a Folder in a Word Document

By Nicole Schmoll

Attaching a folder of files into a Microsoft Word document is a simple, user-friendly process. You just need to know how to create a compressed---or "zipped"---folder and then, using your mouse, you can drag that folder into your Word document. Or, you can quickly create a hyperlink within a Word document to a zipped folder. The whole process takes less than five minutes.

Step 1

Locate the folder of files you want to attach to your Word document on your computer and click the right-hand button on your mouse. A drop-down menu will appear. From that menu, click on the option titled "Send to." A second menu will appear to the right of the first one. From that second menu, select the option titled "Compressed (zipped) Folder."

Step 2

Locate the folder you just zipped. Microsoft will automatically save it to the same location where the original, unzipped folder or file is located. Minimize that window or drag the zipped folder to your desktop for easy access.

Step 3

Create a new or open an existing Word document into which you want to attach the folder of files, then save the Word document.

Step 4

Drag the zipped folder into the Word document you just created. If you don't want the folder icon to appear in your document, you may type a piece of text or phrase describing the zipped folder and hyperlink that phrase to the zipped folder. For example, if you want to attach a folder with three recipes, type "Recipes for Chicken Noodle Soup" into the document.

Step 5

Highlight the text you want to hyperlink and click on the "Insert" option at the top of Word, then select "Hyperlink" from the drop-down menu. A browser box will pop up asking you to locate the file or folder to which you want to link.

Step 6

Locate your zipped folder on your desktop or wherever you saved it and select "OK." Your text will change color and you will notice when you mouse over it that it is linked to your zipped folder. Save and close your Word document.