Zip (Compress) Multiple Files

Microsoft Windows provides a utility that allows you to zip multiple files into a single compressed file format.  This is especially helpful if you are emailing files as attachments or if  you need to conserve space (zipping files can reduce file size by up to 50%).

Zip Multiple Files

  1. Use "Windows Explorer" or "My Computer" to locate the files you wish to zip. (It will help if you move all the files you wish to zip to a single location.)
  2. Hold down [Ctrl] on your keyboard > Click on each file you wish to combine into a zipped file.
  3. With the [Ctrl] key still depressed, right-click
  4. Select "Send To" > Choose "Compressed (Zipped) Folder."

Your files will be combined into a single folder with a zipper icon on it.  Attach the zipped file to an email in lieu of multiple files.

Instructions for unzipping (extracting) files from a zipped folder are available on the Extract Files from a Zipped (Compressed) Folder help page.

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