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Zipped (compressed) files take up less storage space and can be transferred to other computers more quickly than uncompressed files. In Windows, you work with zipped files and folders in the same way that you work with uncompressed files and folders. Combine several files into a single zipped folder to more easily share a group of files. Locate the file or folder that you want to zip.

Press and hold (or right-click) the file or folder, select (or point to) Send to, and then select Compressed (zipped) folder. A new zipped folder with the same name is created in the same location. To rename it, press and hold (or right-click) the folder, select Rename, and then type the new name. Locate the zipped folder that you want to unzip (extract) files or folders from.


Do one of the following:.

  1. To unzip a single file or folder, open the zipped folder, then drag the file or folder from the zipped folder to a new location.
    To unzip all the contents of the zipped folder, press and hold (or right-click) the folder, select Extract All, and then follow the instructions. To add files or folders to a zipped folder you created earlier, drag them to the zipped folder. If you add encrypted files to a zipped folder, they'll be unencrypted when they're unzipped, which might result in unintentional disclosure of personal or sensitive information.
  2. Some types of files, like JPEG images, are already highly compressed.
    If you zip several JPEG pictures into a folder, the total size of the folder will be about the same as the original collection of pictures. To convert selected files in a Zip file (.zip or .zipx) into a new Zip file, including image or photo files, you must have a Zip file open in WinZip. You would then need to:. Select files and/or folders you would like to use.
    Change the name for the new Zip file.
  3. Select a Compression Type.
    Wait for the folder to be created. If you are adding a lot of files to the new ZIP file, it may take a few moments to create it. A progress bar will appear as files are added. Once the process is complete, the ZIP file will appear in the same location as the original folder.[1]

Choose to reduce photos.
Mac OS X

  1. Choose to remove personal data from photos and documents.
    Choose to convert photos to a different format. Choose to add a watermark to appropriate files. Choose to convert appropriate files to PDF. Choose to combine PDF files together, if any were selected. Choose to digitally sign your PDF files, if any were selected.
  2. Schedule the file you are creating to be deleted.
    Click Send New Zip File. Select a target folder for the new Zip file. Click Select Folder. This will create a new Zip file with only the files and folders you selected using the options you configured. If you elected to encrypt the files, you will also have to enter a password in the Encrypt dialog. You also have the option to use WinZip Express.
    If you have any questions about this information, please submit a Technical Support ticket.

Looking for information on creating a zip file from regular files?

  1. Read this article.
    Open the terminal. Its symbol looks like a black rectangle with some bright characters on it. On some platforms, it is called Konsole, xTerm, or something similar.
  2. 2
    Create a directory. This is done with the mkdir command, which takes the name of the directory as argument. If, for example, you want to create a directory "zipArchive", write mkdir zipArchive.
  3. 3
    Move or copy all files that should be in the ZIP file into the directory.
    • Files are moved with the mv command. Moving a file means that it is no longer in its original place, and instead in the place you specified.
    • Copying a file is done with the cp command. It makes a copy of the file in the place you specified, but the same file is still on its original position. Note that you need to use cp -r to copy a directory.
    • Both commands take the original position as first argument, and where to copy or move as second. For example, to move a file called "textToArchive.txt" to the directory "zipArchive", write: mv textToArchive.txt zipArchive
  4. 4
    Zip the directory. This is done with the zip -r command. It takes the name of the zip file as first argument and the name of the folder to archive as second. If you, for example, want to archive the directory "zipArchive" to a zip file called "zipArchive.zip", write: zip -r zipArchive.zip zipArchive. It will print out the names of all files it adds to the archive, so you can check whether everything you want to be included in the archive actually is there.

Method 4 of 4:
Password-Protected ZIP File

  1. 1
    Download a compression program. Newer versions of Windows cannot create password-protected ZIP files without installing additional software. Compression software is available both for free and for purchase, though you don’t need anything fancy to create a protected ZIP. The most popular programs include:
    • 7-Zip
    • IZArc
    • PeaZip
  2. 2
    Create a new archive. Use your compression software to create a new ZIP file. Add the files that you want to compress. When you create the ZIP file, you will be given the option to enter a password. You will need to use this password to access this ZIP file in the future.
  3. 3
    Create a password-protected ZIP file in OS X. To create a password-protected Zip file in OS X, you can use the Terminal and you don’t need to download any other programs. First, place all of the files that you want to compress into a single folder, and then rename that folder to the name that you want your ZIP file to have.
    • Open the Terminal. This can be found in the Utilities folder in your Applications folder.
    • Navigate to where the folder that you want to compress is located.
    • Enter the command:
      zip –er .zip /*
    • Create a password. You will be asked to enter your password twice to verify it. Once you have entered the password, the ZIP file will be created.[2]

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  • What are zip files helpful for?
    Luigi Oppido is the Owner and Operator of Pleasure Point Computers in Santa Cruz, California. Luigi has over 25 years of experience in general computer repair, data recovery, virus removal, and upgrades. He is also the host of the Computer Man Show! broadcasted on KSQD covering central California for over two years.
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    Think of zip files as a satchel that you can store smaller individual files in for convenience. For example, if you wanted to send someone 30 photo files, you could just compile them in a zip file and then send the one zip file instead of 30 individual files.
  • Files are not compressed, why?
    Community Answer
    Some files types, such as .JPG, are already compressed so won't compress any further when put in a Zip file.
  • I'd like to know more about zip files. Is it necessary to create that kind of file?
    Community Answer
    All it does is compress many files into one smaller folder.
  • Can I make a compressed Zip file without a password?
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  • My .jpg images from my original file go void after I convert it into a .zip file. How do I fix it?
    Community Answer
    Extract them, or don't put your .jpg images into a .zip file.
  • Do I ever need to enter the password again after creating the file?
    Community Answer
    If your zip file is protected, you will have to enter the password again in the future.
  • How do I create a zip file on Windows 10?
    Community Answer
    Right click on your desktop, select "Create new zip file", and drag the files you would like to insert into your zip file into the zip file you have created.
  • How can I make a zip file on a tablet?
    Community Answer
    This depends on the operating system; however, both the play and app stores offer multiple apps that allow you to do this - simply search "Zip" or "File manager."
  • How can I make a Zip file in Windows 10?
    Community Answer
    Right click the file you want to compress, go to 'Send to' and hit 'Compressed (zip) file'. This will create a zip folder in the same location and move the file inside it. You can then rename the compressed folder.
  • How can I make a zip file on my phone?
    Community Answer
    Download RAR from the Play store (for Android ) or from the Apple app store.
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  • Press the Ctrl (Control) key on your keyboard to select more than 1 file at once in Windows Explorer or the Folder Navigation box in WinZip.
  • Zip files are a helpful way to consolidate individual files into one place.[3]
  • A lot of current operating systems recognize Zip files and will allow you to easily unlock them just by double-clicking on the file.[4]
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  1. ↑http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Compress-and-uncompress-files-zip-files
  2. ↑http://www.podfeet.com/blog/tutorials-5/encrypt-file-folder-osx/
  3. ↑Luigi Oppido. Computer & Tech Specialist. Expert Interview. 31 July 2019.
  4. ↑Luigi Oppido. Computer & Tech Specialist. Expert Interview. 31 July 2019.

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This article was co-authored by Luigi Oppido. Luigi Oppido is the Owner and Operator of Pleasure Point Computers in Santa Cruz, California. Luigi has over 25 years of experience in general computer repair, data recovery, virus removal, and upgrades. He is also the host of the Computer Man Show! broadcasted on KSQD covering central California for over two years. This article has been viewed 1,705,531 times.
Updated: March 29, 2022
Categories: Basic Computer Skills
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1. Create a folder.
2. Move files to the folder.
3. Right-click the folder.
4. Click Compressed (zipped) folder or Compress.

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