How to Create a Zip File in Windows 7


The article explains the procedure for creating a zip file in Windows 7 computer. The instructions compiled here are simple and correct to date. We still recommend you to follow them cautiously to avoid facing Windows 7 problems during the procedure.

A zip or compressed file occupations less space and can be transferred quickly from one computer to another compared to an unzipped file. Considering this, you may want to create a zip file in your Windows 7 computer. Here is your Windows 7 support guide that will help you create a zip file easily and quickly.


First look for the file (or folder) that you want to create as a zip one. Afterwards, right click on the file, select Send To and then Compressed (Zipped) Folder. You will now see a new zip folder in the same location where your file is located. You can unzip this file whenever the need arises.

If at any time you want to add more files, folders etc. to your zip folder, you can do it in two ways. The first way is to open the zip file or folder and copy and paste the files from other locations or folders into it. Or else, you can drag and drop files into your zipped file. The second way is to drag and drop the files right over the zipped folder that you previously created. Windows 7 will add all these files automatically to your zipped file or folder.

Since you have created a zipped file or folder now, you will also extract its contents in the later course or whenever there is a need. Thus, you should know how to extract a zip file's contents to view or change them as desired. If there is only one zip file that you want to extract, double click on it to open the original file. Thereafter, drag and drop this file to some other location. Or else, you can simply copy and paste this file to some other location.

If the zipped file or folder contains several files, folders etc., you can unzip them all with this simple method. Right click on the zip folder and select Extract All. It will launch the Extraction Wizard window. Hit the Next button. Check the location where all the contents of the zipped folder will be extracted. You can also change the location by clicking on the Browse button. When done, hit the Next button. Hit Next again and then the Finish button to close the window and show the extracted files.

Additional Tips:

Here is a word of caution for you for encrypted files. If you added encrypted files to your zip folder, they will be decrypted when unzipped. So, if you want to keep their privacy intact and undisclosed, do not zip them.

Another thing that must be remembered while zipping the contents is that try not to zip the JPEG images. It is because JPEG images are already zipped and so need no further zipping. If you zip them, they will occupy about the same space as the original ones. Thus zipping would be of no use in that case.

You can also use a tool like WinZip or WinRAR etc. to zip or unzip files, folders, documents, or images etc.

Source by Gaurav Srivastava