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How to Zip a File

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How to Zip a File

When zipping a file, you can think of it as taking everything in your closet and cramming it into a suitcase and sitting on top of it as you force the zipper closed. Thankful, zipping large files is much easier than trying to fit a whole closet into a single suitcase. Zipping or compressing files is great for saving space on your hard drive, uploading smaller sized files to the internet or even attaching them to an email. Here is how to zip a file for Windows in three easy steps:

 

Select File to be Zipped

Selected File

Open the file location for the file that you want to zip. Then single left click on the file so that it is highlighted, in the standard Windows 10 settings, it will usually appear to glow blue.

 

Send To

Menu Option "Send To"

With the file selected, single right click on the file and a list of menu options will appear. Move your cursor down to Send To. This will open a sub-menu with a list of options of locations you can send the file.

 

Compressed (zipped) folder

Sub-Menu Option “Compressed (zipped) folder"

Move your cursor over to Compressed (zipped) folder and single left click on this option. Wait just a moment while the file is compressed. When the file has finished compressing, a new zip folder with the same name as the file you zipped should appear right beside or just below the original file.

 

Ready to Go 

Now that your file is all zipped up, you are ready to go. Now you can easily upload it to the internet, attach to an email or save to a USB drive and take up less space. If you have multiple files that you want to zip, you can put them all in a single folder. Then instead of selecting an individual file in step one, you can just select the folder, complete steps two and three and after it is zipped, you will end up with a zipped folder that contains all of the files that were in the original folder.

 

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