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

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This article tells you how to restore missing “Compressed (Zipped) Folder” item to your “Send to” menu in all versions of Windows, including Windows 10.


Cause

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.

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

Solution For Case 1: Restore the “Compressed (zipped) folder” shortcut manually

  1. Press WinKey + R to open the Run dialog
  2. Type the following command and click OK:
    shell:sendto
  3. This opens the SendTo folder of your user profile.

  4. Check if the file Compressed (zipped) Folder.ZFSendToTarget file exists. If it’s missing, copy it from the Default user folder located at:
    C:\Users\Default User\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo

    Alternately, you can download zipfldr.zip, unzip and extract the enclosed file (shortcut) to your Send To folder.

    restore missing send to zipped compressed folder

Solution For Case 2: Fix the .ZFSendToTarget file association

Checking the SendTo folder in your user profile should tell you if the .ZFSendToTarget file association setting is 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, follow these steps:

  1. Open an elevated Command Prompt window. To open an elevated Command Prompt in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, right-click Start, and click Command Prompt (Admin)
  2. Type the following command and press ENTER:
    assoc .zfsendtotarget=CLSID\{888DCA60-FC0A-11CF-8F0F-00C04FD7D062}
  3. Exit the Command Prompt.

Solution for Case 3: Remove the 0-byte Bluetooth shortcut from the Send To folder

A 0-byte Bluetooth icon (named “Bluetooth“) may be preventing the Send To items from being displayed, including the Compressed (zipped) Folder. You need to delete the 0-byte “Bluetooth” shortcut/file from your SendTo folder. See the recent post Fix Send To Menu Showing Only Bluetooth Device in Windows 10.

This brings back the Compressed (zipped) Folder entry to the “Send to” menu in Windows.

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