How to Make a Zip Folder on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Creating a zip folder on Mac is a useful way to compress files and save valuable storage space. Whether you want to share multiple files or organize your documents, this tutorial will guide you through the steps of creating a zip folder on your Mac.

Step 1: Select the Files

To start, locate the files or folders that you want to include in the zip folder. You can select multiple items by holding down the Command key while clicking on each file or folder. Alternatively, you can select a group of consecutive items by clicking on the first item, holding down the Shift key, and then clicking on the last item.

Step 2: Right-click and Choose “Compress”

Once you have selected all the desired files and folders, right-click (or Control-click) on any of the selected items. This will open a context menu with various options. From this menu, select “Compress [number] Items” where [number] represents the total number of items selected.

Step 3: Wait for Compression

After selecting “Compress,” your Mac will begin compressing the selected files and creating a zip folder. The time required for compression depends on the size of your files and your computer’s processing power. A progress bar will appear indicating the compression status.

Step 4: Locate Your Zip Folder

Once the compression process is complete, your zip folder will automatically appear in the same location as your original files. The name of this new zip folder will be based on one of the original file names or folders included in it.

Additional Tips

  • Naming: If you want to change the name of your zip folder, simply select it and press the Enter key. This will allow you to edit the name.
  • Contents: To view the contents of your zip folder, double-click on it. This will extract the files and display them in a new Finder window.
  • Sharing: You can easily share your zip folder with others by attaching it to an email, uploading it to a cloud storage service, or transferring it via external storage devices.


In this tutorial, we have explored how to create a zip folder on Mac. By following these simple steps, you can compress multiple files or folders into a single zip file, making it easier to share and organize your data.

Remember to choose only the necessary files and folders for compression in order to optimize storage space. Now go ahead and start creating your own zip folders on Mac!

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