OS X Mavericks: Compress and uncompress files and folders

Compress and uncompress files and folders

Compressed files take up less disk space than uncompressed files, so compressing is useful for making backup copies of your data or for sending information over the Internet.

  • To compress a file or folder, Control-click it or tap it using two fingers, then choose Compress from the shortcut menu.

    If you compress a single item, the compressed file has the name of the original item with the .zip extension. If you compress multiple items at once, the compressed file is called

  • To uncompress (expand) an item, double-click the .zip file.
Last Modified: May 8, 2014
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