So you want to learn how to compress any big file and convert them into one single Zip file? In today tutorial of Mac Analyst we are going to show How to Zip a File on Mac within few moments. Generally in Windows operating system, there is a well known software call WinRaR and Winzip which help Windows users to convert big files or bunch of files into one single .rar or .zip file, in Windows all you need to do is install these programs and you will be able to compress any file easily but in Mac operating system, there is an inbuilt program which help us compressing all those file into rar or zip format and today we are going to show you how can do it.
Why you Should Compress any File?
Compressing techniques is being used from last 15 years and it help us to decrease the size of the file. Suppose you have huge number of files like 20GB and you have only 16GB USB Drive then you can use these compressing software to decrease the size of the file. The only disadvantage of this is it will take more time to uncompress the file.
How to Zip a File on Mac
So without wasting more time lets see how to make a zip file on mac within few moments. You don’t have to install any software or application in your Mac machine. Mac has an inbuilt software which can help us compress the file.
In the very first step you have to locate the file or folder which you would like to compress.
Right click on that file or folder which you would like to Zip.
Now you have to select the “Compress Items” option.
Once the compression is done and they converted into Zip file, you will find that Zip file in that directory where your original file was.
If you are compressing a single file into Zip then it will maintain the respective name and it will append .Zip extension to that file.
If you are going to compress bunch of file then it is going to change the name into Archive.zip. This thing works on all the version of Mac and if you face any problem you can also ask your query in comment section below.
How to Extract Zip Files
Uncompressing or extracting the Zip files is quite easier than compressing them. for example if you are extracting a file name HelloWorld.zip then it will extract the folder which will be named as HelloWorld and it will extracted in the same folder in which the zip file belongs.
You can also Extract files using Command lines, all you have to do is open command terminal and go to that directory where the zip file belongs and there you have to enter this command.
Please note that Archive is name of that zip file and in your case it will be different based on how you have named it.
So this was all about how to zip a file on mac, if you guys are facing any problem while compressing or extracting any zip file then you can let us know in comments section and we will help you for sure.