7 Zip Tutorial #2 – Creating ZIP Files
7 Zip is an outstanding free file compressor and manager that offers not only basic features like packing and unpacking files in several formats but also comes with an innovative format, the 7z that can reach really high compression ratios, even higher than other commercial apps can achieve. Today I'm going to tell you how to use this amazing piece of freeware to create ZIP files.
In this second tutorial we are going to go through the process of creating your own compressed files. To do so you need to have 7 Zip installed and running, if you need help, please check our first tutorial, otherwise just click on the “download” button on top of this page and follow the instructions. So, assuming that you have your 7 Zip ready to run all you have to do is to open the 7 Zip File Manager and browse to the file or folder you want to compress.
Select as many files or folder as you need it will only take a bit longer but it will work on either way, single or batch
Now click on the “Add” button that is under the menu bar.
Doing that will open the “Add to Archive” window where you can adjust several parameters and options. First you'll find a text box to enter the name of the output archive and also the place in your computer where it'll be saved by clicking on the “...” button on the right of this box.
As you can see in the above screen capture, you can also select the format, compression level, method and some other parameters which if you are not aware of what they are or what they do, you are fine if you leave them in their default values. What is important to set up is the format and the compression level. For this example I chose the Zip format (which is really popular) and the Ultra compression level.
OK, now you are ready to go. Just click on the “OK” button and the compression process will start. A progress bar will appear and it will automatically shut down when the task is fulfilled.
There is another way to do the same without opening the File Manager and it is by using the context menus in the regular Windows Explorer. Just open the Windows Explorer, browse to the file or files you want to compress and right-click on them. Form the popup menu select 7 Zip > Add to Archive... and the rest is the same as we did before.
As you can see compressing or “zipping” files in 7 Zip is a really simple and straightforward task, in this case I compressed some pictures, notice that zip files can be used to store all types of files or even entire folders containing mixed types. If you are going to send this packed files via e-mail remember that many e-mail systems will not accept very large attachments on your messages so it is better to zip up only a few files so that instead of geting a very large zip file, you get several smaller archive which you can attach one by one. Well, that's all about creating ZIP files using 7 Zip. Download this amazing free file file archiver right now and start enjoying of its high compression ratio to send more files to your friends and relatives. To do so, click on the “download now” button just below.