How to Compress (or Zip) Files, Documents & Folders

Compress (or Zip) Files, Documents & Folders

Looking for ways to compress (or zip) files, documents and folders?

Then you've come to the right place, because on this page...

...I will show you how to compress files, documents and folders with free software, Windows, Mac OS X or online.

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Compress Files, Documents & Folders

When you compress (zip) file(s), document(s) or folder(s) you reduce the file size, so that you can transfer or email the file(s), document(s) or folder(s) more quickly.

And it also saves some extra space on your hard drive or usb flash drive.

Most common compressed file extensions are .rar, .zip, .tar, .gz and .7z.

There are many different programs for compressing (zipping) file(s), Document(s) and folder(s). Some popular programs are Winrar, Winzip and 7-Zip.

7-Zip is a free program and Winrar and Winzip are not free, but offer a free trial.

You can also use the basic compression tool from Windows and Mac OS X, but these have less options.

Compress Files and Folders with 7-Zip

You can download 7-Zip (free).

1 Go to the file or folder that you want to zip.

2 Click with the right button of your mouse on the file, then go with your mouse cursor to "7-Zip" and choose "Add to "My Document.zip".

My Document.zip is an example name for a file name, so your file(s) will probably have a different name.

How do You Zip a File

If you want to zip multiple files or folders, then it's better and faster to place them all into a single folder and then zip the folder.

Compress Files and Folders with Windows

Right-click on the file or folder, then hover with your mouse cursor to "Send to" and click on "Compressed (zipped) folder".

Zip a File in Windows

If you want to zip multiple files or folders, then it's better and faster to place them all into a single folder and then zip the folder.

Compress Files and Folders with Mac OS X

Right-click on the file or folder and then click on "Compress".

If you want to zip multiple files or folders, then it's better and faster to place them all into a single folder and then zip the folder.

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