If you want to send a large amount of data by email: pictures, videos or documents on your hard drive, you should compress these files to avoid blocking or sending failure, otherwise the storage of these files will take too much space in your hard drive.
The suitable solution for this is to create a ZIP file. The ZIP format as a container for our data. It gathers a large set of files and folders compressed up to 14% of their original volume.
On behalf of the recipient, he unpacks the files to return to the original volume. With no loss of quality.
The advantages of zipping a file
- Empty more space: Creating a ZIP file, in other words means compressing it by several percentage points.
- Send large files by email: quickly, without blocking and in a compact way. It saves us time.
- Secure storage: you have the option to encrypt the ZIP file with a password.
Steps to compress a file
- Select the files to archive, click Browse.
- Select the files we want to archive.
- Set the level of compression you want by clicking on the down arrow next to Zip files.
- Click Zip Files. Then compressing the files will start.
- Once all the files are compressed, click the Save Zip File button will appear.
- Click Save Zip File to save the archive to your local drive.
Steps to unzip a file
- Open the compressed file in ZIP format.
- In the window that opens, the list of compressed files and folders contained in the archive are displayed.
- On the left, click on the Extract all files command.
- Click the Next button.
- By default, the wizard will decompress the archive in a folder bearing its name where the ZIP file is located. Click on the Browse button.
- Choose the folder where to unzip and copy the files from the ZIP file then click on the OK button. If necessary, click on the Create a new folder button to create a new folder.
- Click on Next.
- The archive is decompressed.
- Click on Finish.
- Windows Explorer will open the folder where the unzipped files are located. You can then use the files normally, copy them, open them, etc.