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Compressing Folders



Sometimes it is necessary or simply more convenient to upload an assignment as a collection of files in a folder rather than uploading a number of files one at a time. However, a folder containing any number of items needs to be compressed into a single file before upload. The Zip format is the most common and perhaps the easiest to use.

Zipping a Folder

Compressing a folder might also be called zipping, archiving, or stuffing. The process is essentially the same for both PCs and Macs.

  1. Locate the folder that you wish to compress.
  2. Right-click on the folder. (If you are on a Mac and don't have a two-button mouse, hold down the Control key and click.) A contextual menu will open.
  3. On a PC, select Send To > Compressed (zipped) Folder. On a Mac, choose Compress "YourFolderName" (or Create Archive of "YourFolderName").
  4. A new file will appear in your directory with a zipper on the file icon and a .zip extension added to the file name.
  5. Upload the zipped folder to the Class Discussion just as you would any other single file.


Un-Zipping a Folder

The process for un-zipping a file/folder is essentially the same for both PCs and Macs. Locate the folder that you wish to un-zip.

If you are on a Mac, double click the ZIP. The enclosed file/folder will open up in the same directory.

If you are on a PC: Do one of the following:

To extract a single file or folder, double-click the compressed folder to open it. Then, drag the file or folder from the compressed folder to a new location.

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To extract the entire contents of the compressed folder, right-click the folder, click Extract All, and then follow the instructions.