How to enable file and folder compression

How to enable file and folder compression

If you are running out of space in your computer or laptop drive and want to reduce existed files size to free up some space in the drive then you have landed on the right page. here I will step by step guide you to enable file and folder compression in windows computers and laptops to compress your files to save some space.

What is “enable file and folder compression”?

In windows computer, there is an NTFS file system in which has an advance compression feature to compress all type of files in your drive. “Enable file and folder compression features” compress the files you want so that all the files in your drive will utilize less space and will work normally as they used to.

Doing this will reduce some files size and will make some space for new files. You can do this in just a few simple steps. It will compress all the selected files as well as the files which you have added in the folder after the compression.

Why should we do it?

Many of us may be using less disk space computers and laptops which gets slower in performance due to lack of space in the hard drive.  so to create some space we should use enable file and folder compression option to free up space.

However, there are some points to look at. We can only compress the files which are not compressed like docs, pdf, and others. The files like AVI, MKV, JPEG, MP3 are already compressed files, so compressing it again will not do anything well.  So it is better to compress only the uncompressed files in the drive to save time and efforts.

Compressing the files will only make a little bit of space but can impact the performance of your device as when performing the task of copying or moving the compressed files then it will first decompress the file, perform the process and again will compress it in the new location. This will increase the process time and will eventually you can feel the slowdown in the performance of your computer and laptop.

If you are not a concern to have some space and to play with the system performance then you no need to enable file and folder compression option. Instead, upgrade your driver storage size and components to make it work flawlessly.

How to enable file and folder compression feature in windows

We now know why and which files we should compress to save the space on the hard drive. now begin the step by step guide to enable file and folder compression feature. Before enabling the features it is better to take a complete backup of the drive which you are going to perform the compression in case anything goes wrong during the process.

Step 1:  you can compress a file, folder and a drive also. So go to file which you want to compress then right click on the file. Now from the menu click on “properties”.

Step 2: a dialogue box will appear in which all the details will be given about the file. In the bottom, you will see an “advanced” button click on it.

Step 3: once you have clicked the advanced button a  dialogue box of “advanced attributes will appear” in that you can see the “enable file and folder compression”.

Step 4: check the “enable file and folder compression” box.

Step 5: after you have checked the box and clicked “OK” then the windows will ask you to choose how to compress the file.

You will see two options

  • Apply changes to this folder only
  • Apply changes to this folder, sub-folder, and files

You can choose to compress only the selected folder by the first option or you can compress the selected folder with the folder and files within that selected file.

After selecting the options click on “OK” to start the compression. Done

Now your file, folder or drive is compressed. To know if the file is compressed or not. You can check it by the color of the title of the file or folder.  The compressed files will have the blue color title.

In case you want to decompress the files you have compressed before then repeat the above steps and uncheck the “enable file and folder compression” option. The all the files will be uncompressed.

It is highly recommended to take a backup of the files and drive on which you are performing the compression in case if some problem occurs.

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