Restore Missing “Compressed (zipped) Folder” to Send To Menu

This article tells you how to restore missing "Compressed (Zipped) Folder" item to your Send To menu in all versions of Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10.)

If the Compressed (Zipped) folder doesn’t appear in the Send To menu, it can be due to one of the reasons:

  1. The SendTo folder does not have the file "Compressed (zipped) Folder.ZFSendToTarget".

  2. The .ZFSendToTarget file association settings are missing or incorrect.

  3. A 0-byte bluetooth file exists in the SendTo folder, which stalls the rendering of Send To menu.

Solution For Case 1

Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10

Open the Send To folder of your user profile. To do so, press WinKey + R to open the Run dialog, and type the following command and press ENTER:

shell:sendto

Check if the file "Compressed (zipped) Folder.ZFSendToTarget" file exists. If it’s missing, copy it from the default user folder here:

C:\Users\Default User\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo

[Alternately, you can download zipfldr.zip, unzip and extract the enclosed file to your SendTo folder.]

Windows XP

Click Start, Run and type:

rundll32 zipfldr.dll,RegisterSendto

In the background, a 0 byte file named Compressed (zipped) Folder.ZFSendToTarget will automatically be created in the %Userprofile%\SendTo folder.

Solution For Case 2

Checking the Send To folder should tell you if the .ZFSendToTarget file association settings are corrupt. Here is how it normally shows.

And if the .ZFSendToTarget file association settings are corrupt, it might show with a generic icon and the Type column simply reflecting the file name extension.

To fix this, open an elevated Command Prompt window.

Quick Tip: To open an elevated Command Prompt in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, right-click Start, and click Command Prompt (Admin)

Type the following command and press ENTER:

assoc .zfsendtotarget=CLSID\{888DCA60-FC0A-11CF-8F0F-00C04FD7D062}

Solution for Case 3

A 0-byte Bluetooth icon may be preventing the Send To items from being displayed, including the Compressed (zipped) Folder. See the recent post Fix Send To Menu Showing Only Bluetooth Device in Windows 10.

This brings back the Compressed Folder entry to the Send To menu.

About the author

Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and has a vast experience in the ITeS industry — delivering support for Microsoft's consumer products. He has been a Microsoft MVP [2003 to 2012] who contributes to various Windows support forums.

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