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How To Create A ZIP File

ZIP is an archive file format that typically contains one large file, or several files that have been compressed for space. Creating a ZIP file is a common method of archiving files, or to send and distribute electronically.

Creating a ZIP file is simple when you use file archiving software. HowSpot recommends 7-Zip, a free open source file archiving tool. Follow the instructions below to create a ZIP file.


  • 1

    Download and install your free copy of ZIP.

  • 2

    Launch 7-Zip for use.

  • 3

    Navigate to the files you would like to “zip”, or archive, with the file manager.

  • 4

    Select one (or as many) files as you would like to compress together into one file.

  • 5

    Right click and hover over 7-Zip, then select Add to Archive,

  • 6

    An Add To Archive dialog box will appear. Name your newly created ZIP file and where you would like to save the ZIP file.

  • 7

    Click OK.


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