How to Zip a File in Windows 10

The steps in this article are going to show you how to create a zip file that contains a file on your Windows 10 computer.

  1. Locate the file that you wish to zip.
  2. Right-click on the file, choose Send to, then click Compressed (zipped) folder.
  3. Give the zipped file a name, then press Enter on your keyboard.

The ability to zip files and folders in Windows 10 provides a couple of benefits. You can reduce the size of a file by zipping it, and you can turn an entire folder of files into a single file and make it easier to share.

But if you’ve never zipped a file in Windows 10 before, then you may be having trouble figuring out how to create one.

Luckily the process involves just a couple of steps. Our tutorial below will show you how to zip a file in Windows 10 using only the utilities found in the operating system by default.

How to Create a Zip File in Windows 10

The steps in this article were performed on a computer with the Windows 10 operating system. However, these steps also work in some earlier versions of Windows as well, including Windows 7.

Step 1: Locate the file that you wish to put into a zip file. I am simply zipping a single file in this guide, but you could also zip a folder as well.

Step 2: Right-click on the file, choose the Send to option, then click the Compressed (zipped) folder option.

how to zip a file in Windows 10

Step 3: Change or accept the filename, then press the Enter key on your keyboard.

how to zip a Windows 10 file

Note that the zipped file will need to be unzipped before it can be used. You can unzip a file by right-clicking on it, choosing the Extract All option, then clicking the Extract button.

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