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Chapter 18. Improving Your Computer's Pe... > Saving Space by Compressing Files

Saving Space by Compressing Files

As mentioned, you'll be surprised how quickly your computer fills up with files. You can delete unneeded files, but some files will fall into the category “I want to keep it, but I don't really use it.” For these types of files, you can store them in a compressed folder, kind of like those magic shrink wrap storage devices they advertise on TV. In this case, the files are shrunk down in size and stored in a folder so that they don't take up so much space. These are often called zip files, and the folder icon includes a little zipper to indicate that the folder contains compressed files. When you need the files again, you can uncompress them.

tip

If you are sending several files via email, compress them first. Doing so makes the file transfer quicker for both you and the recipient.



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