How to Make Folders Take Up Less Space

By C. Taylor

Compression make folders occupy less space.
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Even with the availability of high-capacity hard drives, you can never have enough storage space. This is particularly true for businesses that work with digital content. Although you can move files and folders to secondary drives to free up space, Windows 8 also enables you to compress folders without converting them into ZIP-compressed container files. Compression packs data together so it occupies less space. When you compress a folder, you can elect to compress all inherent files and subfolders as well as compress new files you later add to the folder.

Press "Windows-E" to open File Explorer and locate the folder you wish to compress.

Right-click the folder and select "Properties."

Click "Advanced" from the General tab.

Check "Compress Contents to Save Disk Space" and then "OK."

Click "Apply," select "Apply Changes to This Folder, Subfolders and Files" and click "OK" to compress the folder.

Click "OK" to close the Properties window.


You can also create a ZIP folder that lets you compress files in a single container file. This format is convenient for emailing or copying to a backup location. Right-click the folder, point to "Send to" and select "Compressed (Zipped) Folder." The new ZIP file is named after the selected folder and resides in its parent directory.


Compression is only effective on files that are not already compressed, such as text documents. Files that already use compression, such as MPG, JPG or ZIP files, won't benefit much from additional compression.