Using Zip Files

Zip files are files or folders that have been compressed to make them smaller. A zip file can contain a single file or many files and folders. Zip files take up less space on your hard drive and are faster to upload. We call the process of creating and extracting zip files "zipping" and "unzipping," respectively. Your instructor may ask you to zip files before you add them to the dropbox in D2L.

You know you’re dealing with a zip file if you see an icon with a zipper down the front, or if you see a .zip file extension (the part of the file name that appears at the end). Both Windows and macOS recognize zip files and allow you to create them yourself.

Note: Windows often hides common file extensions like .zip. If you don't see a .zip file extension, just look for the icon with a zipper down the front. 

 

Creating a Zip File

Windows

  1. Navigate to the the files or folders you wish to compress.
  2. Select the files.
    Note: To select multiple files, press and hold Ctrl while selecting each file.
  3. Right-click on the selected files.
  4. Select Send to > Compressed (zipped) folder.

Result: A zip file will be created in the same location as the files or folder that you compressed. You can safely rename this file to whatever you wish.

macOS

  1. Navigate to the files you wish to compress.
  2. Select the files.
  3. Hold down Control and click one of the files.
  4. Select Compress in the menu that appears.

Result: A zip file will be created in the same location as the files or folder that you compressed. You can safely rename this file to whatever you wish.

Extracting a Zip File

Windows

  1. Right-click on the zip file.
  2. Select Extract All.
  3. When the pop-up window appears, select Extract.
    Note: If you want to extract the files to a specific location, select Browse when the pop-up window appears and navigate to the desired location.

macOS

  1. Hold down Control and click the zip file.
  2. Select Open in the menu that appears.

Further Resources

For more information on zip files, visit the Microsoft and Apple support pages:

Further Resources

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