How to Zip a File
A zipped file is a compressed copy of the original. Zipping files can save you up to 80% of the storage space on your hard drive. It also enables you to e-mail a hefty file in a shorter transmission time or save it to an external memory device without taking up extra space. Here’s how:
What you'll need:
A Windows PC
Choose the file to be zipped and right-click on the file name. A shortcut menu will pop up.
On the menu, click a command such as “Add to Archive” or “Add to Zip File.”
If this command is not immediately visible, move your cursor to the “Send To” command. A second shortcut menu will pop up with several options. Click “Compressed (zipped) Folder” to create a zipped copy of the original file (labelled “your document.zip”).
To compress multiple files into one zip file, select all files within a folder by clicking “Edit” then “Select All.” From there, follow steps 1 through 3 to create a zipped folder of your selected documents.
To extract or decompress a zipped file, simply right-click on the “.zip” file name and choose “Extract All” then follow the instructions in the Extraction Wizard.