How to compress files and folders on Mac computers to save space

Compressing files and folders on a Mac computer can do some good if you are short on disk space and are trying to save up some space. Just like Windows computers, Mac computers also do have their in-built file compression and decompression tool for the “.ZIP” format.

The .ZIP format, if not the most, is one of the most popular archive formats that people use these days. The compression tool on Mac systems uses the lossless compression technique to compress your files.

The lossless method compresses a file without losing its quality. It makes sure that the compressed files can be decompressed to the original form without losing any valuable data or quality. The system does this by removing metadata that is regarded as unnecessary from the file.

With this method, files can be easily restored to their original state without a loss of quality, thus, the name lossless.

Knowing what lossless is, now, we move to the main thing.

How to compress files on Mac computer

  1. On your computer, go to Finder and select the file or folder you are going to compress.
  2. Then right-click to open the pop-up menu

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  1. Now choose Compress “file name option.
  2. The compression will take a little time to finish depending on the size of the file, file type, your computer’s RAM and processor power.
  3. After the compression, a new copy of the file will be created which will be in the ZIP format. The new ZIP file will be at the same location as the original file.

Decompressing a ZIP file on Mac

If you have a zipped file you want to decompress and view its content, it is a pretty simple task. You just have to double click on the said compressed file. The in-built compress/decompress tool on the Mac device will automatically decompress it and open it for you.

Using third-party file compression tools for Mac

For whatever reason, one may say they do not like to use the in-built file compressor on Mac. No problem. There are a lot of third-party file compression programs available for Mac.

Well, if you don’t want to use ZIP file archive format and you can choose any other file archive format for efficient file compression from the third-party file compression tools space.

There are lots of them but some of the popular file compression tools available for macOS include WinZip, iZip, Entropy, and Better Zip. Some of these tools offer users features like password protection, multi-volume archive, cloud support and a whole lot.

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