How to Make Files Smaller

By Nina Nixon

By creating a ZIP-compressed folder and dragging and dropping other files into it, the original file sizes get reduced and take up less space. Identify ZIP files by their zipper icon. Unlike some other compressed file types, they do not affect the performance of your computer. You can then work more efficiently, while still saving space.

Step 1

Right-click on any open space on your Windows 7 desktop. Select "New," "Compressed (Zipped) Folder," then press "Enter."

Step 2

Right-click once on the new compressed folder, select "Rename" and type in a new name for the folder.

Step 3

Drag and drop the selected files and folders of your choice to the Zipped folder.

Tips & Warnings

  • Double-click on the Zipped folder and right-click on any file inside of it. Select "Properties" to see the reduced size of the file.
  • To create a separate Zipped folder for one individual file, right-click on the file and select "Send To," then choose "Compressed (Zipped) Folder."
  • When you use the "Drag and Drop" feature and "Send To" options for creating compressed (zipped) folders, you are copying and pasting the files to the compressed folder, not moving them. After verifying the files are in a Zipped folder, you may delete unnecessary duplicates.