How to Zip a File on Mac– People compress or “zip” electronic files for different reasons – to make them easier to transport electronically, to organize their backups, or to save device storage space, for example.
Well, making a zip archive on a macOS is easy, and with the compression tools built directly into Mac OS X, there is no need to download additional software or add-ons to quickly create zips and compress either a single file, a group of files, or an entire folder. If you’re unfamiliar with creating zips on the Mac, here is exactly how to do it, and quickly.
You can use this to create zip files of files, folders, or both:
- Click the Findericon in your Mac’s Dock to make sure it’s the active application.
- Right-clickon a file, folder, or files you want to zip. Alternately, drag a selection box over several files and/or folders with your cursor by holding down the left mouse button or pressing down on the trackpad.
- Select Compress [name of file]or Compress X Itemsfrom the contextual dropdown menu.
- Find the newly created .zip archive in the same directory
If you compressed a single file, the zip archive takes the same name and adds a zip extension. If you compressed more than one file or folder, the zip archive will be named “Archive.zip” by default.