Mac 101: How to Create ZIP Files for Simplified Emailing

When it comes to sending large files via email, many find themselves at a crossroads due to size limitations. However, Mac OS X offers a seamless solution with its native “Compress” feature.

This handy tool allows users to easily compress single or multiple files, or even entire directories, into a ZIP file. Simply choose the desired files, right-click on any of them, and choose Compress.

Within moments—though time may vary based on file size—a ZIP archive is created. This archive can then be dragged and dropped into an email and sent off without a hitch.

While there are other options available, such as StuffIt Expander Deluxe, for basic file compression tasks, spending money might not be necessary.


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