How To Create A Zip File on a Mac

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How To Create A Zip File on a Mac

If you’re hoping to become a computer whiz, or if you just want to make your file sharing life a lot easier, a great thing to add to your computer hacks skill set is how to create a zip file. This can be extremely useful if you’re wanting to send large files back and forth on the Internet via email, file-sharing sites, etc. Some files will have the ability of compressing further down than others. You may compress a video file and see the file size hardly shrink, while something like a WAV file may compress down to one half of its original size.

How to Zip a File on a Mac

One very good thing about a zip file is that it does not affect the quality of the contents inside. So, if you compress a WAV file into a zip, when it’s downloaded and opened, the file will be the exact same as it was when you zipped it. I’ve found this to be extremely useful when sending entire audio projects and Pro Tools sessions. Those files are always pretty massive! In that world, it is so helpful to know how to create zip file. By compressing it, I’ve been able to take a 1GB project and zip it down to about .5GB. That is very handy when sending those files via WeTransfer or Dropbox! Here’s a video that walks you through the very simple steps that teach you how to create a zip file.

 

There you have it! You just created a zip file! Just for good measure, let’s go though those steps again so you don’t forget:

  1. Highlight the files you’d like to compress
  2. Hold down the OPTION key
  3. Click on one of the highlighted files
  4. Choose “Compress” and release
  5. Your ZIP file will appear in the same folder, with the title “Archive.zip”
  6. You’re done!

Now you can freely move your files about the world, now that you know how to create a zip file. Enjoy!

 

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