How to Zip a File on a Mac

how to zip a file on a mac, life hacksIf you’re a Mac user, and need to send several files to somebody; and they’re just too big to fit in an email, you need to know how to zip a file on a Mac! It’s so easy to make a zip file, you’re going to want to zip files all day after you watch this video. Well, maybe not all day, but at least EVERY day! Zipping files on Mac takes about 5 seconds – here’s how:

 

HOW TO ZIP FILES ON A MAC

See I told you it was easy. Now you try it:

  1. put the files you want to zip in one folder, so it’s all contained together
  2. select all the files you want to zip
  3. hold down “control” while clicking on one of the selected files
  4. choose “compress # items”
  5. rename the zip file to whatever you want!

WHY ZIP FILES ANYWAY?

If you’re wondering why you might want to zip files in the first place – well, that would be mainly so you can send several (or a bunch) of files to somebody, like pictures or audio files; and as they exist on your computer, they’re just too big to email. Zipping files on mac takes the raw files & compresses them to a smaller size. That doesn’t necessarily mean you can email it – anything above a 10meg size is likely to get blocked by your recipient’s email servers anyway, depending on how their servers are set. So if your zip file is more than that, you might want to use a file transfer service like DropBox or Box – or my favorite, WeTransfer. All free file storage & transfer services, and all good.

CREATE A ZIP FILE ON MAC

That’s all there is to it! Stay tuned to learn more little tricks that you need to know about Macs, iPhones, and other things to make your life better! But for now, go forth & zip all the files you want.

Done!

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