Holy cow, I wrote a book!
A customer wanted to know whether there was a way to compress files
and directories (in the sense of NTFS compression) from a script
or from the command line.
They knew about the Properties dialog,
but they wanted something scriptable.
The command-line tool for this is COMPACT.EXE.
Type compact /? for usage information.
The customer liaison was grateful for this information.
Thanks for the prompt response, and yes, this will meet our
customer's need to compress specific files such as *.docx
under a particular directory and all its subdirectories.
Um, *.docx files are already compressed.
Compressing them again gains you nothing.
Functions for manipulating documents which follow the
Open Package Conventions are available in both
Check out the
Packaging Team Blog for more information,
a comparison of the managed and unmanaged versions.