help with zipping files

How to compress (zip) files



Compressing makes a new, compressed copy of whatever file or folder you choose, leaving the original intact.

  1. On a Macintosh, from the Finder, select or highlight the files you would like to compress…
  2. From the File menu, choose the Compress command. The name of the command will probably include the name of the file or folder you would like to compress (e.g. Compress “score and bio folder”.)

If you have chosen multiple items to compress, the Mac Finder gives the compressed file the name Otherwise the name of the zipped file is the same as the name of the single object you chose to compress. The zip file appears in the same directory as the original.

On a Mac, double-clicking a zip file unzips it.



Microsoft offers a short video and instructions on their site (at Here is a synopsis from that site:

  1. Locate the file or folder that you want to compress.
  2. Right-click the file or folder, point to Send to, and then click Compressed (zipped) folder.A new compressed folder is created in the same location. To rename it, right-click the folder, click Rename, and then type the new name.