How to Create Zip Files for Mac

By compressing a file, you will take up less disk space than having an uncompressed file or folder. It is also beneficial to compress a file or folder to send larger files as attachments in emails. There are applications available for creating and unzipping compressed files, such as WinZip and MacZip. However, creating a compressed folder is a simple process that could be completed in a matter of minutes without the aid of any external applications.


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      Locate the folder or file you would like to compress. Make sure all the contents in the folder are organized to your preferences.

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      Click the folder or file you would like to compress. Select more than one file at a time by holding "Command" key while clicking each folder or file you want to compress.

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      Click "File" and select "Compress." Your folder will now be compressed and converted in a zip folder.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you have a mouse connected to your Mac, you can right-click the folders or files that you want converted to zip files and select "Compress."
  • To change where your uncompressed files appear or whether .zip files are deleted automatically, click the "Archive Utility" and select "Preferences."
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