You can configure compression through your web.config file as follows:

    <urlCompression doStaticCompression="true" doDynamicCompression="true" />

You can find documentation of this configuration element at This is the equivalent of:

  1. Opening Internet Information Services (IIS Manager)
  2. Navigating through the tree-view on the left until you reach the virtual directory you wish to modify
  3. Selecting the appropriate virtual directory so that the title of the right-hand pane becomes the name of said virtual directory.
  4. Choosing "Compression" under "IIS" in the right-hand pane
  5. Ticking both options and choosing "Apply" under "Actions" on the far right.

Note: (As pointed out in the comments) You need to ensure that Http Dynamic Compression is installed otherwise setting doDynamicCompression="true" will not have any effect. The quickest way to do this is:

  1. Start > Type optionalfeatures (this is the quickest way to get to the "Turn Windows Features on or off" window)
  2. Navigate to Internet Information Services > World Wide Web Services > Performance Features in the "Windows Features" treeview
  3. Ensure "Dynamic Content Compression" is ticked
  4. Click "Ok" and wait whilst Windows installs the component