How to Zip a File in Windows. Unlike regular digital files, a ZIP file is a collection of files that have been compressed into a single file. It’s like a bunch of coins put into a single pouch and zipped closed, so it can be easily moved, transferred, or sent. Aside from being able to easily transport or email several files at once, zipping a file will also decrease the size of the files and offer you password protection.
Mac and Windows computers have their own built-in compression features that can easily zip files or folders.
If you’re using a Windows PC, and you want to create a zip file for easy transport, or you plan to email several files, follow the steps below:
- Put all the files you want to zip in the same folder. Make sure they are in the same location.
- Next, right-click on the folder containing your files and folders you want to zip. If the files or folders are not next to each other, tap and hold the Ctrl key and left-click to highlight or select files/folders you want.
- Finally, click Send to, then Compressed (zipped) folder. Your system will then create a zip file, which will have the same name as the folder, but with a “.zip” at the end.
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