Introduction: How to Zip Files

Compressing (aka zipping) files is a usefultool for emailing, sending, burning, or uploading files, and its very easy.

To zip a file you will need the 3 following things:

-A file to be zipped
-WinRar (its a free program)
-A computer

In the next step we'll go over how to get winrar

Step 1: Downloading and Installing Winrar


You can using the following link download WinRar:

http://www.rarlab.com/rar/wrar393.exe

After you open the link select save file.

After the file is fully downloaded run it to install WinRar.

Step 2: Zipping Files

To zip your files, follow these steps:

1. Highlight all your files.
2. Right Click and select "Add to archive"
3. Give the zip file a name and check the box next to "ZIP" under "Archive Format"
4. Select "OK" and winrar will give you a zip file with the contents of your highlighted files inside of it.

Step 3: Emailing Your Zip File


To send all of your files as one zipped file load up your email provider and attach your zip file as you would any other file and select send.

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joeparker (author)2013-09-21

Work with zip files with how to fix winzip corrupt file

Read http://www.fixcorruptedwinzipfiles.winzipfix.com

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Chad Baxter (author)2012-09-24

yea you could download this and install that, but lets stay windows native. what i do is i create a new zip folder, put my stuff in it, then i open up a program that is preinstalled on every windows machine in the world called iexpress.exe(this is used to make executable installers) and i put my zip file in this program and it compresses it even further into an .exe. all in all the file reaches almost 80% compression!

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screw winrar, use 7zip. supports more types and has better registry entries

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rahulbumwatt (author)2011-02-18

Nice instructable and BTW thanks for subscribing!

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Ausm (author)2010-08-18

To ZIP archive files on Windows all you need to do is right click>New>Zip folder and the jam everything you want to put in there. Just like a regular folder.

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