When I right-click on a folder I want to compress, then right-click > Send To > Compressed (zipped) Folder, it just starts compressing. It doesn't go through the normal process of asking me what the folder should be called as it usually does, and I don't know where the zipped folder is it's sending to...

How can I make it behave normally again?

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    My experience for years is that it always sends to the same folder. A similar question has been asked here : superuser.com/questions/648659/… . You may be able to make a new command using the notes at askvg.com/… – Christopher Hostage Nov 20 '19 at 16:03
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    The compressed file is created in the root directory of the folder or file. – Ramhound Nov 20 '19 at 16:09

The short explanation: I needed to refresh the File Explorer Window (Right-click empty space > Refresh).

The long version: Windows was creating the zip folders in the folder I was in, but wasn't showing any of them.

When I opened a new File Explorer Window, and went to the same folder, all the zipped folders were there (I tried to zip the folder a few times to make sure I wasn't crazy). It might be a setting I or my sysadmin set and forgot about because it doesn't do that on my other computer.

I'm not sure when this changed. In the past when I have zipped a folder, it asks where to put the zipped folder, and it shows up immediately.

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  • When extracting you get a window asking where to extract, but I don't remember ever having it ask where to compress to.... – Mokubai Nov 20 '19 at 16:31

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