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How to create zip files with Mac OS X

Do we need to send many files to a colleague for work by e-mail? Or send your holiday photos to a friend without having to upload them all one at a time?

You just have to archive all of our documents in a convenient zipped file. ” Zip ” format is the most popular file compression format and is independent of the operating platform used.

You can install different software that is right for you, but with Mac OS X, we will not need it. Let’s see how to create zip files with MAC OS X.

  • Of course, the first thing to do is decide which files you want to enclose within our archive. We could include any type of file: images, word documents, pdf, video. Various video or audio formats such as AVI or MP3 are nature formats that ” reduce ” the file size; then submit these files to a further compression in ZIP format, will not yield the hoped-for result.
  • We could simply select all the files that we would have chosen and create the ” Zip ” archive, but this operation may be complex and confusing if the files are different. The best thing is to gather all the files that interest us in a single folder, then compress it all into a ZIP file. This will also allow those who receive the file to open it without getting files scattered everywhere, but all gathered in a convenient folder.
  • Now that everything is ready, there is nothing left to go to action and create the zipped file. Right-click on the folder we created (if we use a trackpad, we can simulate the right mouse button by holding down the ctrl key as we click). In the drop-down menu that appears, select ” Collapse “. A dialog box will open that will keep you informed about the trend of creating the ” .zip ” file, showing us the remaining time at the end of the operation.
  • As soon as the dialog box closes, the file. Zip will be ready to be emailed to friends and colleagues or uploaded to your PC. Being a ” compression ” format, we would not only bring together all the files to be uploaded to a single, convenient file, but the ” .zip ” archive will occupy even less space on our hard drive.
  • We could rename the file: this operation will not affect the files inside the .zip that you have just created. Last resort: The files you are going to compress must not have longer names than 256 characters, otherwise errors will occur.