How to compress files

Introduction

Have you ever needed to send pictures, videos or other large files by email or upload them to a website? We are frequently asked to do this by friends, colleagues or organisations. A collection of files, particularly pictures will be large in size, so you may find that they fail to send. This can be so frustrating, especially if you need to send something in a hurry! Let’s learn how to compress files or folder and fix the problem.

Time needed:

5 minutes

Here’s how

Reducing the size of all the files you want to send sounds like a lot of work, but as you are about to see it’s really not! Zipped or Compressed files take up less space on your device and are faster to send or upload. Whether you are using a Windows device or a Mac, there is a simple solution.

Think of it like zipping up an overflowing suitcase when you’re trying to pack for a holiday. Compressing the file is pretty much the same as sitting on top of the suitcase to compress the contents enough for it to close while you travel to your destination. When you arrive and unzip your suitcase, everything squeezed inside returns to its usual size. The contents of the compressed folder will behave in exactly the same way.

Now it makes sense that Windows call these compressed files zip files. When the person you have sent them to receives them, they will unzip them.