Windows' zip command - compressing files

Posted on 2012-08-23
Last Modified: 2012-08-23
I am now constantly zipping up a folder.  In the file system, I highlight the folder, right click on it, select the "send to", then click on the "compress" command.
My question is this; is there a quicker way?  Is there one with less key strokes to accomplish the same results?
Question by:chima
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    You could install the free 7zip and use its context menu. The 7zip menu can be setup to appear non-cascaded, so that's only 2 clicks.
    ->install 7zip
    ->start "C:\Program Files\7-Zip\7zFM.exe" via rightclick option "run as administrator" and go to ->tools ->options -> 7-zip and uncheck the second box from the top: "cascaded context menus". After clicking ok, folders in win explorer will show a context menu entry "add to".

    There does not seem to be a way within windows' own zip program.

    Author Closing Comment

    2 clicks are better than 3 clicks :)
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    I can't find a specific keyboard shortcut.  However, it may suit your needs to right-click the file (or press the context key (next to the right Windows key on some keyboards)).  Then press "n", enter.

    The 'n' gives you the send-to menu, and compress folder is the first option, so pressing enter selects this.

    So, I guess your shortcut is:
    Right-click, n, enter

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