In this guide we will show you how to compress a folder into a .zip file using 7-zip. This is recommended before transferring a file over the internet, so that it is not corrupted in-transit.

You must have 7-zip installed before attempting to follow this guide. 7-Zip is a free open-source software; download 7-zip here.

How to Compress a File

  1. Open the 7-Zip File Manager.
  2. Navigate to the file you want to compress, and click it, then click the Add button.
    adding a file to be compressed in 7-zip
  3. The Add to Archive window will pop up, make sure the Archive format is set to zip, and click the OK button to proceed.
    compressing a folder into a zip file in 7-zip
    The file will be compressed into a zip file, that will be located in the same location as the original file.
    view of the compressed and uncompressed file on desktop

Congratulations, now you know how to compress a file into a .zip format using 7-Zip!
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