How to Send a Zip File

By Richard Kalinowski

Some email services limit file attachment sizes. If you need to send a larger item via the Internet, you may be able to shrink its size by zipping it. When you zip a file, you create a compressed archival copy of it. Certain file types, like MP3s and JPGs, are already relatively compressed, but EXE files and many video files are drastically reduced when zipped. If you never sent a zip file before, you might not know where to start. Fortunately, the process is surprisingly straightforward, and even a novice PC user can send zipped items in a few minutes.

Step 1

Right-click on the file you want to send.

Step 2

Hold your mouse over the "Send To" option.

Step 3

Click "Compressed (zipped) folder." A zipped version of the file appears in the same location as the original. The zip file has the same title as the original, but it ends with ".zip" instead of the original file extension. For example, "game.exe" turns into "game.zip" when compressed.

Step 4

Open your email account.

Step 5

Compose a new message. Depending on the email service you use, the process for drafting new messages varies. Typically, you just click "New" or "New Message" from somewhere on the main screen.

Step 6

Enter the recipient's address in the "To" field, and type any desired text in the "Subject" and "Body Fields."

Step 7

Click on the "Attach" button. In most email services, this is labeled with a paperclip icon.

Step 8

Browse your computer's folders until you locate the newly created zip file.

Step 9

Double-click on the file to attach it to your message. When it finishes attaching, your message is complete and you can send your zip file off into cyberspace.