Compress Files in Windows Using 7-Zip
It's common to compress files into a single archived file usually in zip or the notorious tar.gz format in Windows. 7-Zip can handles more format than any of its competitors. This page guides you on how to compress files in Windows using 7-Zip.
Organize Your Archival Files
7-Zip needs you to setup your archival files into a single directory before compression. Hence, you should organize your files in the same pattern where you wants your recipient to extract out (e.g. directory pathing, filenames, and etc).
Please take your time to organize properly because it would be difficult to do so after compression.
Initiate Compression Sequences
Unlike other software, you can initiate 7-Zip compression sequences by:
- right clicking onto the directory;
- look for “7-Zip”;
- select Add to archive.
Configure Compression Profile
7-Zip can compress in various profile and format. Hence, you will need to configure them according to your output. If you have no idea what to do, simply:
- Optionally re-name your archived file if you dislike it (e.g.
.zipfile). Otherwise, the default is the name of the directory (which is fine).
- Select Archive Format to be the common
- If you need to encrypt the archive file, simply enter and re-enter your
password in the encryption zone.
- If you’re using encryption, unless you know what you’re doing, you MUST use AES-256 encryption method.
Leave the rest as default and you should be creating a good archive file.
Press OK upon completion. 7-Zip will compress the file accordingly.
Your compressed file will be generated at the given path (usually next to the directory). Verify the file by decompressing it and check the output before using it.
Once everything is fine, the archive file is ready for use.
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