How to Compress a File on Your Mac?

By Rimzhim Sharma March 7, 2017 How To, Mac

We always remember the name of WinZip when it comes down to compressing. But did you know that Mac has built-in file compression method known as Finder. It makes it easier to keep your hard drive free and clear. Mac finder is just like Windows Explorer and is used to access and manage information of your Mac device. The Mac’s built-in compression and decompression option even works on Zip format.

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However, the compressing process might take up some time. Also, the actual amount of file compression on a ZIP file will vary depending on its contents.

So, let’s cut to the chase and here are some quick steps to compress a file:

1. Select the file or folder in the Finder.

2. Right-click or control-click on the file to bring up the pop-up menu.

3. Select Compress filename.


4. Now your Mac will begin to compress the file or folder you’ve selected. Once it’s done, you’ll find a filename that ends in .zip right next to the file you selected.

5. Your original file or folder is untouched; the .ZIP file contains the compressed archive.


6. When you’re ready to decompress a ZIP file, just double-click on it. Leave the rest on your Mac. As with compressing, the original file (in this case, the ZIP archive) will remain intact, and the Mac will extract the files right next to it.

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Simple isn’t? Regardless, if you’ve never compressed a file before, it’s surely worth the experiment. Mac Finder is a nice and simple compression tool which is easy to use and contains friendly user interfaces.

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Rimzhim Sharma

"Rimzhim Sharma is a blogger at The Phone Support. An engineer by qualification, she discovered her penchant for writing all things tech and cool, quite by chance. She writes about newest technology trends and gadgets. When not writing, Rimzhim is likely to be found reading, traveling, or simply digging into her favorite foods."