Files and Folders—Tasks
Most of these operations on files and folders can be performed regardless of the underlying disk filesystem. For example, if you right-click on a folder, the same shortcut menu is displayed regardless of whether the underlying partition or volume is formatted using FAT, FAT32, or NTFS. Some tasks can be performed only on files and folders located on NTFS volumes, as indicated in the following descriptions.
Right-click on file or folder → Properties → General → Advanced → Compress contents
If you compress a folder, you will be prompted to choose between the following:
Compresses the folder but doesn’t compress any of the files in the folder. However, if you copy existing uncompressed files or save new files to this folder, they will be compressed automatically.
Compresses the folder, all files within the folder, all subfolders within the folder, and all files within these subfolders. Use this option if you want to compress existing files within a folder.
To compress an entire drive, select the drive in Windows Explorer or Disk Management and:
Right-click on drive → Properties → General → Compress drive
To display compressed files and folders using an alternate color, open My Computer or Windows Explorer and select:
Tools → Folder Options → View → Display compressed files and folders with alternate color
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