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Why use compressed folders?

Have you ever wondered why you have the option of creating compressed folders instead of just a plain ordinary folder?  There are a variety of reasons why you may want to create a compressed folder instead of a regular folder which includes:

  • Storage space
  • Ease of sharing
Storage space

With many devices being portable and having lower capacity, faster storage drives in them which can include a smaller capacity SSD or even an eMMC storage space can be an issue on some devices.

What has this got to do with compressed folders though...

....Well compressed folders can decrease the size of the files inside of itself meaning that they take up less space on your storage device and can sometimes be very useful for archiving files you may need but not every day such as old records or images.
Ease of sharing

The other major advantage that compressed folders can have is their ability to send multiple files at once. Some applications may only allow you to send 1 file at a time which can make sending 100 images a very tiresome and time consuming activity however no matter how many files a compressed folder has you can send the folder once with all the data still inside of it.

Another major advantage is that most sites and email clients specify a file attachment limit which is usually around 25mb which is not much in 2017 however a compressed file can help you meet this requirement and therefore you can send a larger amount of files which wouldn't usually be able to be sent together.
Creating a compressed folder

There are 2 ways you can create a shared folder which are:

  • Right clicking on a file , highlighting the send to option, then clicking compressed folder

OR

  • Right clicking in a folder or on the desktop , hightlighting new and then clicking compressed folder.

Each of these methods should work with most operating systems.
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