How Do Zip Files Work?

Zipping is a process that makes a file into a smaller one that can be handled more easily because it does not pose any size constraints. Graphics files are already compressed and zipping does not reduce their size much, so it is primarily large text files that need to be compressed such a. txt, .doc files.

The popular zip file format was created Phil Katz in 1986. Windows began to include it as a feature from its 1998 version. Apple and Mac also introduced it in their systems. In Windows, zipping a file is just a couple of simple steps. Put all the files that need to be compressed into a folder and name the folder. Use a name that commonly identifies all the files that have been grouped into the folder so that identification is made easy. Right click the folder and select the send to option for specify the ‘Compressed ( Zipped)’ option. Click this option to carry out the zip process. A dialog box open showing the zip process and you can see how much progress is happening, as the file is being zipped. The zipped file has a.zip extension.

There is a wide range of zip software from which you can select. You can choose from software such as WinZip, PicoZip, PKZip, PentaZip, PowerArchiver, and StuffIt. They are mostly easy-to-install and had a ‘classic’ interface that helps users to quickly learn how to handle them. The most popular compression utility is WinZip. WinZip has a friendly and you just have to point and click or drag and drop to perform function such as adding, running, extracting, viewing or deleting zip file.

Zipping offers several advantages. Attaching a zipped file in an email, takes shorter time and file transmission takes place faster. If you need to send a large set of files on request, putting them into a single folder that is then zipped, helps in faster transmission and lower use of disk space and email storage space. Many zip software offer encryption facilities by which the file is protected from unauthorized access. Zipping is a facility that is not restricted to individual file and can be used on a group of files that have been put into a single folder. Large files that are not used often are better off being in a compressed zipped form as this ways available disk space can be utilized for other purposes. Hope you have enjoyed reading this article.