How to Create a ZIP File

By Melynda Sorrels

Winzip is a compression utility program that has been around since the early 1990s and allows the user to compress information into a single folder. This allows the user to send a single, minimized packet of information across email or the Internet, or to store packaged information on a drive. In all cases, the main function of this software is to compress data, therefore shrinking the information that needs to be stored.

Things You'll Need

  • Winzip

Step 1

Open the Winzip application.

Step 2

Wait for a window to open asking if you agree to the licensing agreement. Choose "I agree" if you do agree and wish to continue.

Step 3

Click the "New" option. The "New Archive" window will open.

Step 4

Choose the folder where you want to store the compressed information.

Step 5

Name the archive you have created.

Step 6

Click "OK." The "Add" window is displayed.

Step 7

Choose the files you wish to compress and add them to the archive section. Click "Add."

Step 8

Close Winzip.