Do you ever need to send someone a bunch of files? Instead of attaching them one-by-one, you should compress them all into one smaller, easier-to-manage .zip file.
For example, by ‘zipping’ your files this way, you could go from 50 Word documents with a combined size of 5MB down to a single file of less than 1MB.
Note: File types that are reduced the most as a result of zipping are text-oriented file types, such as .txt, .doc, .xls
Some graphic files, such as .jpg and .gif files, already use compression; therefore, the file size is reduced very little by zipping.
Creating Your Zip File:
- Find and select the files you want to zip. (They all need to be in the same folder.)Remember you can hold the CTRL key to select multiple files.
- Right-click any of the selected files, then choose Send to » Compressed (zipped) folder.
- Windows will quickly compress the files and create a new, zipped file.
(You can rename it if you need to.)
Adding to an Existing Zip File:
If you have already created a compressed folder and you want to add a new file or folder to it, just drag the files you want to add and drop them right on top of the zip file.