How to Zip Files on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

How to Zip Files on Mac

Do you want to compress and bundle multiple files into a single, convenient package on your Mac? Zipping files is a great way to save disk space and make it easier to share or transfer multiple files at once. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of zipping files on your Mac using built-in tools.

Step 1: Select the Files You Want to Zip

To begin, open the Finder window and navigate to the location where your files are stored. Hold down the Command key on your keyboard and click on each file you want to include in the zip folder. Once selected, release the Command key.

Step 2: Right-Click and Choose “Compress”

After selecting all the desired files, right-click on any of the selected files. A context menu will appear. Move your cursor over the “Compress” option in the menu and click it.


If you prefer using keyboard shortcuts, you can select the files and press Control + Click. Then press the Option + Command + C keys together.

Step 3: Wait for Compression

A progress bar will appear as macOS prepares and compresses your selected files into a zip folder. The time taken for compression depends on the size of the files being zipped. Once completed, a new file with a .zip extension will be created in the same location as your original files.


You can identify zip folders by their distinctive icon, which resembles a stack of books tied with a ribbon.

Step 4: Rename the Zip Folder (Optional)

If you want to provide a more descriptive name for your zip folder, simply right-click on the folder and choose “Rename“. Enter the desired name and press Enter on your keyboard.

Step 5: Extract Files from a Zip Folder

If you ever need to extract the files from a zip folder, simply double-click on it. macOS will automatically extract the files into the same location as the zip folder.


Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to zip files on your Mac using built-in tools.

Zipping files is an efficient way to reduce file size and organize multiple files into a single package. Whether you need to send multiple files via email or free up disk space, zipping files is a handy skill every Mac user should have. Start zipping away!

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