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Compress a File

Zipping or compressing a file will make a large file smaller so that you can save space on your hard drive. It is often useful to zip a file before burning it to a CD or transferring it over the network. The smaller the file, the faster it will transfer. As long as a file is zipped, it cannot be used again until it is unzipped.

In Windows

In Windows
  1. Find the file that you would like to zip.
  2. Right-click on the file to reveal a drop-down menu.
  3. From the drop-down menu, select "Add to filename.zip" or "Add to filename.rar"

In Mac

In Mac
  1. Find the file that you would like to zip.
  2. Right-click on the file to reveal a drop-down menu.
  3. From the drop-down menu, select the Compress option.

Location

The file that was zipped will appear in the same location as the original file. The zipped/compressed file will have ".zip" or ".rar" as an extension.

Success!

You have successfully compressed or zipped a file on your computer.

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