How to Compress Multiple JPEG Files

By Andrew Todd

JPEG files, which derive their name from the Joint Photographic Experts group, are compressed photograph and image files. They are the most common type of image photograph format, and the most likely to appear on your computer. Large JPEG files can consume a great deal of disc space; however, JPEG files can be compressed for storage, and then uncompressed when needed. When the files are compressed, they will consume less disc space than if they were to be left uncompressed.

Step 1

Open Windows Explorer by holding the Windows key on your keyboard and pressing "E."

Step 2

Locate the folder containing the JPEG files that you would like to compress. If the files are located in several folders, create one folder to drop the containing folders into to be compressed.

Step 3

Right-click on the folder containing the JPEG files and click "Properties."

Step 4

Click "Advanced" from within the folder properties window.

Step 5

Place a check-mark besides "Compress contents to save disc space" and click "OK" to compress the folder.

Step 6

Look at the compressed folder from within Windows Explorer. If the text is blue, then the folder has been compressed.

Tips & Warnings

  • This method will work for users of Windows XP, Vista and 7.

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