How to Zip a File

When you are taking your first steps into the computer world, one of the first things you need to learn is how to zip a file to enclose it in a compressed archive and be able to manage, burn or email it more easily. However, it is a pity that most of the programs to carry out this operation have a not very friendly interface that can put in difficulty those who are not yet very familiar with PC.

Precisely for this reason I therefore decided to write a tutorial dedicated to the subject. If you are interested in this (and considering the fact that you are now here and reading these lines I would say yes), I suggest you do not waste any more precious time and immediately start focusing on the information below. In fact, in the following lines I will point out (and explain) what I believe to be the best and simplest software belonging to the category in question. There are for both Windows and Mac and they are all free.

For the sake of completeness of information, it will be my pleasure to also show you how to carry out the operation in question using the “standard” resources and how to succeed in the enterprise by operating from the Web browser, without having to download anything on your computer. I am sure that in the end you will be able to tell yourself very happy and satisfied with what you have learned and that, even, in case of need you will be ready to provide useful information on what to do to all your friends who are interested in the same topic. Are you ready? Yes? Great. Let's proceed! Good job".

Zipping a File on Windows

Do you want to find out how to zip a file and are you using a Windows PC? Then affiliate with one of the tools specifically used for the purpose that you find below. They are very simple to use even for those who, a bit like you, do not really consider themselves a "geek". Trust!

Hamster ZIP Archiver

The first of the resources to zip a file on Windows that I want to tell you about is Hamster ZIP Archiver, a free program for creating and opening archives in the format in question (as well as in 7Z format) designed for novice users. Its neat graphics and simplified options allow everyone to archive documents in ZIP files without any kind of problem. And by everyone, I really mean everyone!

To be able to use it, the first step you need to take is to connect to the Hamster ZIP Archiver website and click on the button Download for free to download the program to your PC.

When the download is complete, open the executable file you just downloaded (eg. hamsterarc_v.xxxxx.exe) and click your Si, its OK and forward four consecutive times. Finally, press on end. If during the setup some items are written in difficult to understand characters, don't worry, this is normal.

Now that you see the program window on your desktop you can finally take the real action. All you have to do is drag the files you want to compress into the Hamster ZIP Archiver window and drop them at the wording Create a new archive… that you see appear. Alternatively, click anywhere on the right side of the software window and "manually" select the files you want to work on from the new window that opens.

Now type the name you want to assign to the archive in the text field at the top next to the icon of pencil, award your bottone Create and indicates the location where you want to save the compressed archive that is about to be generated. The duration of the archive creation procedure depends on the weight of the files to be compressed and the power of the PC in use.

I would also like to point out that before starting the creation of the ZIP archive, you can also change the settings relating to the latter in order to adjust the compression level, choose whether to encrypt the archive, etc. To do this, press the button with the sheet and the gear that you find in the upper right part of the program window and then use the options on the screen.

The archives created with this software can be opened and "unpacked" with Hamster ZIP Archiver itself or with any other program for managing compressed archives that supports ZIP files.

"Standard" Function

Don't feel like using third-party tools to compress your files into a ZIP archive? No problem, you can rely on instrument available "standard" on all Windows operating systems. Sure, it's pretty meager when it comes to options (practically nonexistent!) But if you don't have any particular claims it can be just fine.

To be able to use it all you have to do is locate the files on your computer that you want to include in the ZIP archive, select them, right-click on them and select Send to> Compressed folder give the menu answer him if you press.

By doing so, a ZIP archive will be generated immediately in the same location as the source files. The compressed archive will have the same name as the first compressed file. If you want, you can edit it by right clicking on the archive name, selecting Rhinomine from the menu that appears, typing the name you want to assign them and pressing the key Submit sulla tastiera of the computer.

Zipping a File on Mac

Do you use a Mac and would like to understand what resources you have on your own to zip a file? Then go ahead and read. In fact, below you will find standard software and functions that you can use to succeed in your intent on macOS.

Keka

The first macOS resource I want to invite you to put to the test to zip a file is Keka. It is an application that allows you to create archives in ZIP format but also in 7Z, TAR, GZIP, BZIP2, DMG, ISO format. It also supports file extraction. It's free (but on the Mac App Store it is available in a paid version to support the work of developers), open source and very easy to use.

You ask me what to do to be able to use it? I'll point it out to you right away. First, go to the application website and click on the button Download vx.xx, in order to download the program on your Mac. Once the download is complete, open the .dmg package you just obtained and drag its icon to the folder Applications say macOS.

When the operation is completed, to use Keka, start the latter and first click on the button apri and then Give home access e Give access to Keka. Then select the option ZIP from the drop-down menu in the upper right part of the smallest window (if two of them appear) of the program and adjust (if you want) the parameters related to compression.

Finally, locate the files you want to compress, select them, right-click on them and choose, from the context menu that opens, the item Send to Keka. By doing so, an archive included in ZIP format will be created immediately in the same location as the source files.

The archives created with this application can be unpacked with Keka itself or with any other program for managing compressed archives that supports ZIP files.

If you want to change the location where the ZIP files created with Keka are saved and modify other settings relating to the file compression procedure, go to Keka> Preferences ... via the menu bar and select the tab Compression in the window that opens.

"Standard" Function

Like Windows, macOS also includes a tool, called Compression Utility, which allows you to zip (as well as unzip) any file on the fly. Of course, it does not offer as many options in terms of customization and management of the compressed archives generated as Keka is able to do, but if you don't feel like using third-party apps it is certainly an excellent alternative.

All you have to do to be able to use it is to locate the files you intend to insert in the compressed archive, select them, right-click on them and choose, from the contextual menu that opens, the item Compress "file name" (instead of file name the file name is indicated) if you have selected only one element or that Collapse N items (instead of N you will find the number of selected files indicated) if you have selected multiple files.

By default, the ZIP file created will be saved in the same location as the source files. If you want to change this behavior, please call Utility Compressionand by Spotlight, go to Compression Utility> Preferences ... through the menu bar and adjust the settings related to the operation of the tool through the window you see appear on the desktop.

Note that the generated file will have the same name as the source file (in case you have decided to compress a single file) or it will be called archive (if you have included multiple items in the ZIP archive). If you want, you can still change its name by right clicking on the archive, selecting Rhinomine from the menu that appears, typing the name you want to assign it and pressing the key Submit on the Mac keyboard.

Zippare Un File Online

As I said at the beginning, you can also zip a file online, using special Web services. Using them it becomes possible to perform the operation in question directly and comfortably from the browser window, without downloading anything to the PC (except for the compressed archive generated, obviously). For more info read on.

ezyZIP

Do you want to zip a file via the Web? Then turn to ezyZip. It is in fact an online service at no cost that can be used without registration and from any browser that allows you to create archives in ZIP format in a few moments. It is developed in HTML5 and is extremely fast, much faster than other similar tools.

To use it, linked to its main page, click on the button Choose file/Sfoglia ... and select the items on your computer that you want to compress. Then type in the field File name the name you want to assign to the archive.

Then click the button Zip Files present on the right and presses the button Save Zip File which is at the bottom, in order to download the ZIP archive just generated on your computer. If you have not made any changes to the default browser settings, the file will be saved in the folder Download of computers.

Files2Zip

Files2Zip is a very valid alternative to ezyZip. Just like the above service, it does not require registration, is based on HTML5 technology and works from any web browser. Try it now and you will see that you will not regret it. Note that as well as allowing you to compress files, it also allows you to decompress them.

To zip a file with Files2Zip, linked to the home page of the service, drag the files to be included in the archive in the browser window or click on the button KATEGORIEN to select them manually and press the button Zip it! you see appearing below.

Doing so will immediately generate an archive in ZIP format. When the procedure is complete, click on the icon arrow in the cloud to download the archive on the PC, on the envelope to send it by e-mail or on the icon dropbox to save it to your Dropbox account (after logging in).