How to zip a file or folder

Zipping a file or folder is a way of compressing it and making it smaller to send to someone. Here’s our step by step guide on how to zip a file.

Compressed files take up less storage space and can be transferred to other computers easier and quicker. You can also zip multiple files making it simpler to share, for example, a group of photos. This means you can attach just one file to an email instead of several.

Zipping files might also be handy if you want to store them on an external hard drive. This is a regular Windows way of doing it but you can also install third party software such as WinZip or 7-Zip. See all: Software utilities reviews.

How to zip a file or folder

Step One

Open File Explorer in Windows and navigate to the file(s) and or folder(s) you want to zip.

Zip a file in Windows File Explorer

Step Two

Highlight the file(s) and or folder(s) you want to zip.

Zip a file highlight folders

Step Three

Right click and move your mouse pointer to 'Send To'.

Zip a file Send To

Step Four

Now click 'Compressed (zipped) folder'. Your zip will now appear in the same folder and you can then rename and do as you like with it.

Zip a file compressed