windows – How to encrypt whole folders in Aes crypt?

Apparantely we cannot Encrypt whole directories(folders) using Aes Crypt.

Is there any way to do it?

Currently I need to first compress it into archives like zip or rar, but thats very time-consuming and annoying. Is there any direct way to do so.

Or is there any way to convert a folder into a file without compressing it?