We explain how to compress files in Windows 10 | Digital Trends Spanish


With lots of family photos, large documents, and other files on your computer, you can quickly run out of storage. However, there is a practical solution to organize your folders and save space: compress these files. It is not something exclusive to Windows 10, several systems allow documents to be archived in this way, but depending on the program you have, the process may be different. Today we will teach you how to compress files in Windows 10 and then how to open a ZIP file so that you can access the uncompressed files again.

Compressing files in Windows 10 is very easy, either natively or with third party apps. The difference between some applications and others is -basically- the cost and the integrity of the information, since many times in the compression process the files can be corrupted and not function correctly afterwards. The really important thing here is the compression rate.

Have you ever wondered why only 15 songs come in a music CD, but in MP3 format 150 or more can fit on the same CD? The answer is very simple: MP3 files, as well as most of the most used music, photo and video formats, they are already compressed. Music discs use the CDA format and do not use any type of compression. Mystery solved.

To consider a compression rate acceptable, it must be at least 40% to be worth it. This rate does not depend on the program you use, but directly on the data you are going to compress. For example, if you are going to compress text files, Excel, databases and, in general, files that do not contain images, music or video, you can achieve a compression rate of 70% or more. While in images, music or video it would barely reach 5%, which means that it is not always worth compressing these types of files.

In any case, compression is useful when you need to send a certain number of files and consolidate them into one. For cases of file transfer too large there are special pages, although it is not advisable to send confidential information, even when they are automated processes.

Compress a single file

Windows 10 File Explorer with the option to compress a file

This is the basic method, it involves compressing a single file. The reason is the least of it; compressing the file will reduce its overall size and make it easier to send.

Step 1: Look for the File Browser on the Windows 10 taskbar (the folder icon).

Step 2: Find the file you want to compress.

Step 3– Click the right mouse button with the pointer over the file.

Step 4: Choose Send to on the menu.

Step 5: select option Zipped folder in the next menu.

Step 6: rename your new ZIP file and press the key Enter.

Compress multiple files

Windows 10 file explorer with the option to compress multiple files

This method is useful for grouping multiple files, both for reasons of size and organization. This is a smart idea when sending files, but also to keep files together and free up disk space.

Step 1: Look for the File Browser on the Windows 10 taskbar (the folder icon).

Step 2– Find the files you want to add to a single ZIP file.

Step 3– Select all files by holding down the mouse button and dragging the pointer across the screen. Your mouse will create a blue selection box. All files within this box are highlighted with a light blue color.

Step 4– Release the mouse button and right-click on files highlighted in light blue.

Step 5: Select Send to on the menu.

Step 6: Select the Compressed Folder option from the following menu.

Step 7: rename your new ZIP file and press the key Enter.

Compress an entire folder

Windows 10 File Explorer with the option to compress a folder with files

If you want to compress multiple files into a single folder, this is the method to choose. When unzipped, all files will download to a folder created during the compression process.

Step 1: Look for the File Browser on the Windows 10 taskbar (the folder icon).

Step 2– Find the folder you want to add to a single ZIP file.

Step 3: click the right mouse button with the pointer on the folder.

Step 4: Select Send to on the menu.

Step 5: Select the Compressed Folder option from the following menu.

Step 6: change the name of your new ZIP file and press the key Enter.

Unzip a ZIP file

Finally, we are going to unzip a ZIP file in Windows 10. This uses an algorithm to scan your file, temporarily remove all repetitive information, and create a new file with a smaller size and a new file extension: ZIP. With this method you can completely compress your files, documents or whatever, maintaining the integrity of those documents. The original information will remain intact.

To unzip a ZIP file, follow these steps:

Step 1: Look for the File Browser on the Windows 10 taskbar (the folder icon).

Step 2: find the file you want to extract unzip.

Step 3– Right-click the pointer on the file.

Step 4: Choose Remove all on the menu.

Step 5– On the next pop-up screen, select where you want Windows 10 to download the files.

Step 6– Once you choose a location, click Select folder.

Step 7: finally, click the button Extract.

At this point, your archive should be unzipped and fully accessible.

To unzip the files and return them to their previous state, Windows 10 scans the file, reviews what was deleted when compressing, and inserts the necessary information into the file, so you can recover the original document in its original size.

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