Create a Compressed Zip Folder in Windows 7
By Dave Taylor
The Question: I’m a graphic designer and often have a dozen or more files that I’m working on for a client. When I need to check in with them, it’s generally a pain because of the file count and they get confused by all the attachments and often don’t unpack everything before calling me to say something’s missing. Is there a smarter way to create a folder with my files on my Windows PC or some other archival approach I could use?
You’re not alone with your need to share lots of files with clients, actually, and there are a lot of different approaches. If sharing services like DropBox and SkyDrive weren’t such a pain to work with, they could be great solutions, but let’s stick with what’s built in with Windows 7 since that’s what you’re running on your PC.
Well, I’m making an assumption about how complicated things are, I admit, and I know some people will say that a simple tutorial would go a long way to explaining how to use something like Microsoft SkyDrive to share a folder or “virtual drive” with a customer. That’s true, but in this instance, I’m waiting to see how it’s integrated into the new Windows 8 that’s on the way: grafting it into Windows 7 is just awkward, and as a consultant I’m always leery of asking my clients to do things that might require tech support or assistance. Frustration is not an emotion I want to have them associate with my communications. 🙂
Anyway, back to Windows 7. Turns out that the OS handles compressed ZIP folders very elegantly and that’s probably the easiest way to send a bunch of files to someone as a single entity. Oddly, though, considering they’re called “compressed” folders, you actually have to change a preference setting to actually have the contents compressed.
This post is excerpted with permission from Dave Taylor.
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