How to ZIP Up PDF Files

By Kristen Waters

PDF (Portable Document Format) files are used to exchange static documents. The PDF format was created by Adobe Systems. The PDF format is used for many e-books and other documents because you must have special software to edit the documents once they are created. PDF documents can become quite large. The Zip archive and compression utility can be used to make the file size smaller so it can be transferred via email or over the Internet.

Windows

Step 1

Open the folder that contains your ".pdf" file.

Step 2

Right-click on the ".pdf" file.

Step 3

Choose the "Send to" option from the menu that appears.

Step 4

Choose the "Compressed (zipped) Folder" option from the second menu that appears. A zipped folder will be created that contains your ".pdf" file. It will have the same name as the original ".pdf" file.

Linux

Step 1

Open a terminal window. The terminal window will be found under the "System Tools," "Accessories" or "Utilities" section of the main window.

Step 2

Type the command "zip.zip.pdf to create the zip file. Replace "" with a descriptive name for the zip file. Replace "" with the name of your ".pdf" file.

Step 3

Type the command "ls -la" to make sure that the zip file was created correctly.

Step 4

Type the command "exit" to close the terminal window.