How to Make a Zip Archive in Mac OS X

How to Make a Zip Archive in Mac OS X

You can use this to create zip files of files, folders, or both:

  1. Locate the items to zip in the Mac Finder (file system)
  2. Right-click on a file, folder, or files you want to zip
  3. Select “Compress Items”
  4. Find the newly created .zip archive in the same directory

How to zip files into compressed archive on Mac OS X

If a single file is being zipped, the zip archive will maintain the standard file name but append the .zip extension.

If more than one file is being zipped, the archive will be named “”, and if multiple archives are created, they will be named successively “Archive” and so on.

Make a Zip File in Mac OS X

This works in all versions of OS X, and you can access the compress item option from a right-click with a mouse, control-click with keyboard, or two-finger click on a trackpad from the Mac.

Extracting Zip Archives

Opening zip files is even easier, all you need to do is just double-click on the archive and it will expand automatically with Archive Utility in the same folder the archive is stored in.

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