Solved how to convert a folder to a file

August 14, 2011 at 20:09:53
Specs: Windows XP
I need to email a folder but cannot. When I try to send the folder it is too big and hangs up my email. I need to somehow condense it to a file but outlook express, via internet explorer is not giving me those options. How do you convert a folder to a file and then condense it so it can be sent via email. Thanks for your help

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#1
August 14, 2011 at 20:42:46
A folder is a container for files and as such you cannot email it. You can however ZIP the contents of the folder and send it as a zip file. When the recipient "unzips" the file at his end the folder and contents will be recreated.

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#2
August 14, 2011 at 21:03:44
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You need to select a list of some of the files in the folder so that the max size that can be sent in the email is not exceeded, and send more than one email to that person.
Or, if the folder has subfolders, you could try attaching some of those, depending on their size.

XP has a built in program that makes *.zip files (compressed files or compressed archives of a list of files) . Any computer that has XP or above (2000 or above ?) can open those *.zip files. If you don't have anything else that can make *.zip files, you can use that program to make one *.zip file from a selected list of files.

Select the files by holding down Ctrl while clicking on them. Move the mouse cursor slowly, don't move it at all while clicking (otherwise you will make copies of the files in the same folder - those will be listed at the end of the list of files at first, then they will be listed alphabetically after you have gone out of the folder - Copy of...).

When you have selected all the files you want to, RIGHT click on the highlighted files and select Add to Zip or similar - type a name for the file, note where the file is made (in the same folder as the list of files by default - at first it will be at the end of the files in the folder, then it will be listed alphabetically after you have gone out of the folder ) , or choose to save it in a different location.
Hold your mouse cursor over the *.zip file to see it's size to make sure it isn't too big.
Then use your email program and select that *.zip file as an attachment. .
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Or you could try making a *.zip file of the entire folder, hold your mouse cursor over the *.zip file to see it's size to make sure it isn't too big.
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" RIGHT click on the highlighted files and select Add to Zip or similar "

I have installed WinZip 7 - it may not say Add To Zip for the built in program but it will say something similar.


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August 15, 2011 at 10:16:25
Thank you for your answer. I do not have a choice when I right click, to zip the file. This is under 'The Sound Organizer' which is the soft ware for my digital recorder.
I am not a computer expert and have tried everything I can think of.

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#4
August 15, 2011 at 12:27:17
I'm assuming you're right handed and the left mouse button is the one you use the most.

I always install WinZip 7 on my computers, so I have not used XP's built in program that can make *.zip files.
If you search Help and Support in XP for: zip you'll find info about it, but it will probably be much easier for you to do this.....

If you download WinZip 7 and install it, you can do exactly what my instructions say.

WinZip 7.0 is available here:
http://www.oldversion.com/WinZip.html

Note: The Winzip web site no longer has that version, and you can download and use a newer version of WinZip, but WinZip 7.0 can be used for Win 9x and up (long file name support), it works fine in any version of Windows 9x and up, it supports multiple floppy (spanned) *.zips, the download is small enough to fit on a floppy disk, and it will use much less space on your hard drive than newer versions do.


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#5
August 15, 2011 at 13:18:09
Even Winzip 6.3 has long file name support (I'm using it on XP - long story).

There is also a freebie called 7-Zip.

Bear in mind that email uploads are often limited to 10M, which works out at about 7M max for attachments. One way is to send the individual files and instruct the recipient to put them in a folder with the correct name.

There are also free programs that can split large files into smaller chunks and put them together at the other end (if particular files are too large).

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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