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Zipping files © R. Craig Collins, 2005
ZIP: A file that can contain multiple files, or more importantly, a file that is compressed to take up less space;
useful for emailing attachments, or for uploading.
NOTE: the ZIP contents are not always usable as is. Thus, you should not try to read or edit zip files until you download them and extract them. If redoing a lab, delete the zip, and edit the original files.
How to Zip: (Mac instructions at bottom)
Select the files you wish to zip
You may watch a short video on this below
The player controls, below, are play, pause and stop. You may wish to scroll down, stop the video, and restart it... s
To create a compressed file, either Control-click on the file or folder, and choose Create Archive , or you can click on a file, then go to the Action menu (the button that looks like a gear), and choose Create Archive from there. Either way, it quickly creates a new item, with the file extension “.zip.” This is the compressed file.
You can also compress several different files (like two, for example) into one single archive file — just Command-click (or Shift-click contiguous files) on all the files you want included, then choose Create Archive of x Items from the Action menu. (See below)
A file will be created named “Archive.zip."
If someone sends you a ZIP file, just double-click it and OS X will automatically decompress it.