ZIP FILE Instructions - How to Zip a File on Mac and PC

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What is a ZIP file?

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Unlike regular digital files, a ZIP file is a collection of files that have been compressed into a single file. It’s like a bunch of coins put into a single pouch and zipped closed, so it can be easily moved, transferred, or sent. Zipping a file decreases the size of the files and offers you password protection. However, you do not want to encrypt your STARTS audition files (no password protection, please)!

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Mac and Windows computers have their own built-in compression features that can easily zip files or folders.

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How to Zip a File on Mac

If you’re using a Mac computer, you can create zip files by following these steps:

  1. Put all the files you want to zip in the same folder. You can simply drag-and-drop files and folder into one location. It doesn’t matter if it is comprised of both files and folders, as long as they are in the same location.

  2. Next, right-click on the folder containing your files and folders you want to zip. This will open a pop-up menu. You can also use Control-Click to open the contextual menu as well.

  3. Click “Compress (folder name).” This will automatically activate the built-in compression feature to compress your selected files/folders. By default, your compressed file will have the same name as your folder, but with a “.zip” at the end.

  4. You’ll find your zip file in the same folder as your original folder.

How to Zip a File in Windows

If you’re using a Windows PC, follow the steps below:

  1. Put all the files you want to zip in the same folder. Make sure they are in the same location.

  2. Next, right-click on the folder containing your files and folders you want to zip. If the files or folders are not next to each other, tap and hold the Ctrl key and left-click to highlight or select files/folders you want.

  3. Finally, click Send to, then Compressed (zipped) folder. Your system will then create a zip file, which will have the same name as the folder, but with a “.zip” at the end.