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How to Zip Stuff

Say you have many files that all need to be e-mailed, but A: You don’t want to add them one at a time, and B: You don’t think all of them will be within the recipient’s e-mail size limits.

What do you do?

Why zip ’em up, of course!

Sure, we’ve all heard the term, but I couldn’t find a pre-existing tip on Worldstart that actually explains how you do it! So, let’s solve that problem!

If you’re running an operating system newer than Windows 98 (and you should be!), browse to the folder where the files you want to zip are at. (If the files are in different places, you should copy and paste each one into a new folder. You’re going to need them all together to do this.)

Now highlight the files by either drawing a box around them or by holding the Ctrl key and selecting each of them. Once you have all of the ones you want to zip up highlighted, Right-Click one of them, go down to “Send to” and choose “Compressed (zipped) folder”.


Like magic, your highlighted files will appear in one convenient package. If you don’t like the name Windows gives your zipped folder, just highlight it and press F2 to rename it!

If you don’t want to use the built-in Windows zip utility, there are also third-party programs like WinZip and WinRar, that have more features, like the ability to set the compression size and file extension.

All zipped up!