?
Solved

How to zip a file in Windows 7 (Not a file folder, just a file)

Posted on 2014-04-12
14
Medium Priority
?
690 Views
Last Modified: 2014-04-12
How do I zip one individual file, or two files in Windows 7. If I right click on a file or several files, the only option I get is to send the files to a zipped folder. however that is useless, because I can not email a zipped folder to someone.
0
Comment
Question by:brgdotnet
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • +5
14 Comments
 
LVL 10

Assisted Solution

by:Korbus
Korbus earned 104 total points
ID: 39996334
This does not actually answer your question: but I would recommend upgrading to (free) 7-zip, rather than using the built in windows zip.  Among other features, that make it far superior, it allows you to right click and zip to email.

www.7zip.org
0
 
LVL 101

Assisted Solution

by:John Hurst
John Hurst earned 104 total points
ID: 39996343
I use WinZip to do exactly what you want to do. It is excellent for this purpose.
0
 
LVL 37

Assisted Solution

by:bbao
bbao earned 104 total points
ID: 39996344
> to send the files to a zipped folder

just do it. "a zipped folder" is just a ZIP file. don't be fooled by Windows.
0
2018 Annual Membership Survey

Here at Experts Exchange, we strive to give members the best experience. Help us improve the site by taking this survey today! (Bonus: Be entered to win a great tech prize for participating!)

 
LVL 24

Assisted Solution

by:aadih
aadih earned 104 total points
ID: 39996352
Go ahead with it. You'll have a zip file, as bbao says.

Recommend using 7-zip, however, as Korbus says.

No need for winzip, although it's an individual preference, as John Hurst says.

In any ways, you'll not go wrong.  :-)
0
 
LVL 58

Assisted Solution

by:Joe Winograd, EE Fellow 2017, MVE 2016, MVE 2015
Joe Winograd, EE Fellow 2017, MVE 2016, MVE 2015 earned 204 total points
ID: 39996360
I agree with Korbus' recommendation of 7-Zip — been using it for years. It has an option to create a context menu and lets you control which actions appear in it:

7-Zip context menu settingsWhen you right-click on a file, you will see something like this:

7-Zip context menuYou may highlight any number of files and then the right-click will add all of them to whatever archive you choose (could be a .7z or a .zip). Regards, Joe
0
 
LVL 16

Assisted Solution

by:joinaunion
joinaunion earned 100 total points
ID: 39996638
So when you right click and select send to. Do you have option compressed zip folder?
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows/compress-uncompress-files-zip-files#1TC=windows-7
0
 
LVL 58

Accepted Solution

by:
Joe Winograd, EE Fellow 2017, MVE 2016, MVE 2015 earned 204 total points
ID: 39996752
The question by joinaunion made me take a look at the original question again and I noticed this:
the only option I get is to send the files to a zipped folder. however that is useless, because I can not email a zipped folder to someone
It turns out that Windows is simply using bad terminology there. I never use the "Send to" context menu, but I just tested it and it turns out that "Send to>Compressed (zipped) folder" does not create a folder — it creates a .ZIP file. I have no idea why Windows calls it a folder, but it isn't — it's just a file. Even when you right-click on a .ZIP file to delete it, Windows calls it a folder:

zip folder terminologyVery strange — it's a file, not a folder! So, back to brgdotnet's original question, you may use the built-in "Send to>Compressed (zipped) folder" if you want, because it's making a .ZIP file that you can email. But I still like 7-Zip. :)  Regards, Joe
0
 
LVL 24

Expert Comment

by:aadih
ID: 39996779
bbao's succinct response is reconfirmed.  :-)
0
 
LVL 58
ID: 39996800
Ah, it was so succinct, I missed it! :)
0
 
LVL 25

Expert Comment

by:Tony Giangreco
ID: 39996802
We use the built-in Windows compress feature, WinZip and 7-zip. they all work well. You just have to know how each one works.

Highlight one or a bunch of files, right click and select Send To... Compressed file. Name it appropriately and you are done.
0
 
LVL 24

Expert Comment

by:aadih
ID: 39996809
Ah, it was so succinct, I missed it! :)

Succinctness is not to blame. :-)

Mistakes make as human.
0
 
LVL 16

Expert Comment

by:joinaunion
ID: 39996819
0
 
LVL 2

Author Closing Comment

by:brgdotnet
ID: 39996860
Thanks to everyone who replied. I tried to attach the zipped file/folder to an email attachment and it would not attach, complaining that it cannot attach a file folder.

I will look into the zip tool everyone recommended.
0
 
LVL 58
ID: 39996885
What email client or webmail site are you using? I attach .ZIP files all the time to Thunderbird and Outlook emails without a problem.

> complaining that it cannot attach a file folder

But you're really attaching a file (with a .ZIP extension), not a folder.
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: SSL Checker

Scans your site and returns information about your SSL implementation and certificate. Helpful for debugging and validating your SSL configuration.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

When you try to share a printer , you may receive one of the following error messages. Error message when you use the Add Printer Wizard to share a printer: Windows could not share your printer. Operation could not be completed (Error 0x000006…
There are many software programs on offer that will claim to magically speed up your computer. The best advice I can give you is to avoid them like the plague, because they will often cause far more problems than they solve. Try some of these "do it…
Windows 8 comes with a dramatically different user interface known as Metro. Notably missing from the new interface is a Start button and Start Menu. Many users do not like it, much preferring the interface of earlier versions — Windows 7, Windows X…
In this video, we discuss why the need for additional vertical screen space has become more important in recent years, namely, due to the transition in the marketplace of 4x3 computer screens to 16x9 and 16x10 screens (so-called widescreen format). …
Suggested Courses

598 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question