How To Make a ZIP Folder and Extract Files in Windows & Mac?

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In this article, know how to create zip files like a pro and learn how to unzip the files when you need them. Here you’ll find multiple ways in which you can Zip and Unzip files and folders on Windows and Mac. We have recommended the best ways to archive your files both for Windows and macOS. You can also use our robust tools designed to extract multiple files and folders from Windows and Mac easily.

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Creating a ZIP file is a way of grouping multiple files together and compressing them. Zipping files makes it easier to store large quantities of files and easily share them via email or any other means. The best thing about zipping the files is that the size can reduce to almost 50% without any loss. Both of the major platforms, Windows and Mac, have built-in utility to ZIP the Files. You don’t need third-party software like WinZip to do that.

In this article, you will get to know how to zip different files like a pro and also how to unzip the files when you need them. We have recommended the best ways to archive your files both for Windows and macOS.

Essential Note: You can refer to this complete article to find out how to recover deleted ZIP files on Windows and Mac.

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 How to Make a ZIP Folder on Windows?

To ZIP folders or multiple Zip files on Windows, you can make use of the Compress utility which is a built-in utility for compressing files.

  • Make a folder consisting of all the files which you want to compress.
  • Select the folder and right-click on it.
  • From the options (dropdown menu) click on Send to and click on Compressed (zipped) folder. It will start compressing your files and a ZIP folder will appear in the same location where you have the folder.
how to make zip file using windows compress utility
  • You can Rename the ZIP folder by right-clicking on it and selecting Rename.

How to Make a ZIP Folder on Mac?

This option is available only on macOS X 10.3 and later versions. If you are using an older version, It is recommended to use any reliable third-party applications to zip your file using MacOS.

  • Open Finder to find the files or folder you want to ZIP.
  • Right-click on the folder or files and click on Compress. The option will be displayed as Compress (number of files or name of the folder you are trying to compress).
  • A ZIP file named will be created in the same location as the folder that you compressed.
  • You can rename the ZIP folder.

Remo ZIP  for Mac:

Remo ZIP for Mac acts as a compression tool that can archive the files. It provides two different options i.e. .zip and .rzip formats to store the compressed files. It is engineered with precision algorithms that ensure to compress and decompressing of the files with the highest accuracy.

A Zip file password protected using Remo ZIP can only be accessed if the user has valid credentials. So you can generate the desired password. Moreover, you can share the ZIP file along with the password, so that your ZIP file is secure as well as can be accessed on other computers. 

How to Extract Multiple ZIP Files on Windows at Once?

For Windows 8.1 and 10 users, you can extract the files without using any third-party tool.

Steps to follow:

  • Open File Explorer and locate the desired ZIP files.
  • Right-click on the ZIP files and select Extract All from the option
  • A pop-up window will appear from where you can select a location to extract the files. Select desired location and hit Extract.
  • Check on the box saying Show extracted files when complete.

You can find steps to extract multiple ZIP files on  Windows in the following section.

Disclaimer: If you encounter any error message while extracting the files, it might be because your ZIP file is damaged. However, you can use Remo Repair ZIP to fix damaged or corrupted ZIP files.

How to Extract Multiple ZIP Files on Mac?

You can use Apple’s archive utility to extract files. Steps to follow:

  • Go to Finder and locate the ZIP file.
  • Right-click on the ZIP file and select Open with Archive Utility.
  • The files will be extracted in the same folder as the ZIP archives.

Most of the process remains the same even to Open RAR files.

How to ZIP One or More Files with Ribbon menu (Windows 8.1, 10, 11)

In Windows 11 and 10, File Explorer has a ZIP option in the Ribbon menu. The ribbon menu is at the top of the window which consists of a series of tabs. So, you can use this method as well to make a ZIP folder.

Note: This option is available only on Windows 8.1 and later versions

  •  Select the files which you want to compress.
  •  Navigate to the Share tab in File Explorer that is present at the top left.
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  •  Click on the Zip Button.

How to Add a File or Folder to an existing ZIP File?

Adding a File or Folder to an existing ZIP file is a very simple process.

  • Just select the file or the folder.
  • Drag and drop it inside the ZIP folder.

How to Add a Password to a ZIP File?

You can password protect your ZIP files both in Windows 10 and macOS, but the functions provided along with the password protection tool are quite limited. Read below to get to know how to do it and the limitations.

Windows 10 users can use a feature called Windows Password Protection, to protect ZIP files from unauthorized access.

Steps to follow:

  • Right-click on the ZIP file and click on Properties.
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  • In the Properties window, within the General tab click on Advanced.
how to password protect zip file
  • In the Advanced dialog box, check the box named Encrypt contents to secure data.
encrypting zip files
  • Click on OK and then save the changes by clicking on Apply.

Once you are done with this the file icon will display a padlock, which means now the ZIP file is password protected. The key generated while you password protect the file is saved in the Windows user account. As a result, other users will be denied access.

However, it has a couple of major limitations.

Limitations of Windows Compress Utility

  • Limited Security

For example, if you have two user accounts on the same computer (account1 and account2). Assume you have password-protected the ZIP file using account 1. Obviously, users on account 2 cannot access the ZIP file. But, if any other user has credentials to user account 1, the user can access the ZIP file. Not so much for the security.

  • Cannot Share Password Protected Zip Files 

Additionally, you cannot share the password-protected ZIP file with any other users. Because, as explained previously, you can only access the ZIP file on the same user account where your password-protected the ZIP file. So, sharing the file across other computers is completely out of the picture.

How to use WinZip Command Line?

If you know how to use Windows Command Prompt then this method is for you. It is not recommended for novice users as it might result in any misconfiguration.

Default Winzip application has GUI (Graphical User Interface) for creating ZIP files, extracting files from zipped files, etc. Whereas the WinZIP command line is a command prompt interface that allows users to manually compress the files using complicated commands.
However, by default WinZIP will not have a Command-line feature, you have to install it as an add-on. Considering all the facts about the WinZIP command line, it is highly complicated to use for a novice user and highly suggested to avoid.


In this article, we have answered some of the most common questions that users usually ask when it comes to compressing or creating ZIP files on Windows and Mac. We hope we have answered all your queries. In case you have any additional questions feel free to drop your questions down below, we’ll be more than happy to answer.

About the Author: Molly Owen

Molly is the Lead Technical Specialist with distinguished knowledge and understanding of Mac computers and operating systems. Being a veteran photographer and video recovery specialist, Molly’s expertise in video formats and file repair has helped restore a lot of videos and cherished memories of users. As a technical specialist, she also believes in learning and…