How to Compress a PDF for an Email

By Terrance Karter

A PDF file is sometimes too large to send in a regular email. When this happens, you won't be able to send it as an attachment, so you'll want to find another way to send it. With a PDF, you can usually compress it in a zip file, just like any other large file. This is the easiest way to compress a big file, and your receiver can unzip it when it gets where it's going.

Step 1

Right click on your desktop and choose "New Folder." You can name it anything you'd like.

Step 2

Drag the PDF file into this new folder.

Step 3

Exit out of the folder if you are inside it. Then right click on the folder. Choose "Send To" and then "zip File." The program will make a duplicate copy of the folder with the PDF inside of it, but it will be a zipped, or compressed, file.

Step 4

Attach the zipped file to your email, just as you would any other type of attachment.