How to Compress a File With WinZip

WinZip is a popular choice when it comes to file-compressing programmes, among millions of computer users around the globe. By compressing or reducing the size of files, users can free up space on their hard-disk, fit more files into their USB flash drives, and conveniently send large files via e-mail.

Using WinZip to compress files hardly requires a person to be a computer whiz, as the process is a simple one to learn. When using the programme for the first time, one would naturally get a bit confused about a few things, but these confusions are sure to disappear once a person becomes even slightly familiar with the programme.


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    The first thing that you need to do is ensure that you have WinZip installed on your computer. If you do not have the programme installed on your computer, you can download it from the official WinZip website. This will obviously require an active Internet connection on your computer. Since the size of the WinZip setup is pretty small, you do not necessarily need a fast Internet connection.

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    Open WinZip by clicking its desktop icon. If you did not create a desktop shortcut of the programme during installation, or deleted it afterward, then click the start menu button, go to “All Programmes”, and search for WinZip in the menu that appears.

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    Once you have opened WinZip, locate the “New” icon and click on it to display the folders on your hard-disk.

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    Browse to the folder where you want your new compressed file to be stored and create a file called an “archive” there. Name the newly created archive and then click on the “Save” button to return to the WinZip main window.

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    Click on the “Add” button to open a window displaying the different files and folders that you currently have on your hard-disk. Browse through the folders until you locate the file that you want to compress. Click on it to select it.

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    Specify the level of compression that you want from the compression menu. The different options that you can choose from are Normal, None, Superfast and Maximum, with each option having its own merits and demerits.

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    Click on the “Add” button to add the compressed file to the archive and return to the main WinZip menu.

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