How to Zip in Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac user looking to compress your files and save some disk space? You’re in luck!

Mac provides an easy and efficient way to zip files. In this tutorial, we will explore how to zip files on Mac using the built-in Archive Utility.

Step 1: Select the Files

To start zipping your files, first, select the files or folders you want to compress. You can do this by either clicking on each file while holding down the Command key or by selecting a group of files by clicking and dragging your mouse over them.

Step 2: Right-click and Choose “Compress”

Once you have selected the desired files or folders, right-click on any of them. From the context menu that appears, hover over the “Services” option and then click on “Compress” from the submenu. Alternatively, you can also find the “Compress” option by right-clicking and choosing “Archive” directly.

Step 3: Wait for Compression

After selecting the “Compress” option, macOS will start compressing your selected files into a single ZIP file. The time taken for compression will depend on the size and number of files being compressed. A progress bar will appear indicating the status of compression.


If you have a large number of files or if they are particularly large in size, it may take some time for macOS to complete the compression process. It’s important to be patient during this step.

Step 4: Locate Your Zip File

Once macOS has finished compressing your files, it will create a new ZIP file with the same name as your original file or folder but with the “.zip” extension. The newly created ZIP file will be located in the same location as the original file or folder.

Step 5: Extract Your Files (Optional)

If you ever need to access the contents of your ZIP file, simply double-click on it. macOS will automatically extract the contents and create a new folder with the same name as the ZIP file in the same location. You can then access your files by opening this newly created folder.

Additional Tips:

  • Delete Original Files: By default, macOS retains both the original files and the newly created ZIP file. If you want to save disk space, remember to delete the original files after successfully creating a ZIP file.
  • Password Protection: If you want to add an extra layer of security to your ZIP file, you can set a password while compressing.

    To do this, select your files, right-click, choose “Compress,” and then click on “Use Password.” Enter your desired password and click “OK.”

That’s it! You have successfully learned how to zip files on Mac using the built-in Archive Utility. Zipping files is not only useful for saving disk space but also for sending multiple files over email or uploading them to various online platforms.

Now go ahead and start compressing those large files on your Mac with ease!

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