How to Create a Zip File in Windows 7

Folders are a very helpful organizational tool in Windows 7. They allow you to minimize clutter in larger folders by creating a sort of filing system. But creating a folder doesn’t do anything to minimize the size of the files contained within them, and you can’t send an entire folder through an email. This is where the ability to create a zip folder in Windows 7 comes in handy. By zipping a file or folder you are not only reducing the size of the file, you are also making it much simpler to send a large number of files in an email. Your recipient will simply receive the single, zipped file, which they can then unzip on their own computer to see all of the files.


How to Zip a File or Folder in Windows 7


As mentioned above, I have found that the most helpful aspect of zipping files or folders in Windows 7 is for email purposes. Email providers can’t handle folders, and sending a large number of files individually can be a bit of a mess for the person receiving the message. If you send a zip file, then all they receive is an attachment with just the single zipped file, which they can then unzip on their own. This doesn’t do anything to the actual files contained within.

Zipping a file or group of files also compresses them which, in many situations, actually reduces the size of the files. In some cases this size reduction can be substantial, so if you are near the limits of what your email provider will allow you to send, zipping files can help to keep you under the limit. With this knowledge in hand you can follow the steps outlined below to create a zip file in Windows 7.


Step 1: Locate the file or folder that you want to zip.


Step 2: Right-click the file to bring up the shortcut menu.

open the shortcut menu



Step 3: Click the Send to option, then click Compressed (zipped) folder.

how to zip a file in windows 7



Step 4: Enter the desired name for your zipped file, then press the Enter key on your keyboard.

name the zip file



You can now feel free to attach this file to an email, or move it around as you would any other type of file on your computer.


If you are having problems with zipped files on your computer, then check out this article on setting the default zip program on your Windows 7 computer.


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