Email Entire Contents of a Folder

Have you ever needed to email the entire contents of a computer folder? It’s easy with Windows XP or above.
  1. Right-click the Start button, click Explore. Find the folder you want to email.
  2. Right-click the folder, Send To, Compressed (zipped) folder. All of the folder’s contents will be compressed into a single file (don’t worry, when it’s unzipped, everything will be as individual files).
  3. Click Yes to designate Compressed (zipped) Folders as the application you want to handle these types of files. The folder that I zipped was a subfolder and the new .zip file ended up as the last file in the main folder. It will have the same name but with a .zip extension.
  4. Email this folder as you normally would. Either from where you are now (right-click the .zip folder, Send To, Mail Recipient), or later as an attached file. When I’ve done this, the recipient has had to first save the .zip file out on their Desktop to open. They were not able to open it inside the email message (if you have better luck, let me know).

Note: If it’s a large file and too big to send via email, use a free service such as You’ll upload your file onto their server, and your recipient can download it. They also have a paid service, YouSendIt Express, that allows you to send entire folders,