Let’s imagine you’ve got a huge PDF that you need to send to someone. It’s an epic document, packed with high-quality images, it’s ready to print, and it looks incredible. The only issue is it’s way too big to attach to an email. Now imagine you’ve got two or more PDFs to send — no chance of attaching them, either. You could look into other transfer services, but how do you know if they’re truly secure? You have a secure, vetted email system and it’s a very sensitive document you need to send. That’s when you know it’s time to zip a PDF file.

What does it mean to zip a PDF file?

Zipping a PDF file is a kind of compression. Essentially it means taking the data in the PDF and shrinking it down into a much smaller file while retaining as much of the original quality as possible. It makes sharing files much easier and faster, and uses much less space than the original file. It’s the perfect way to convert a pack of PDFs down into a more manageable size, and zipped PDFs can even be password protected to make sure only specific people have access to them.

Is zipping a PDF file different from other files?

It’s not only PDF files that you can compress into zips. Turning a PDF to a zip is much the same as zipping image files, video files, documents, or any other digital assets you want to compress. One of the huge advantages of zip files is they can combine multiple different files into one single zip, making them much more accessible.

So whether you want to compress one PDF into a smaller file, or gather multiple PDFs into one single zip file, it takes just moments if you use a file management software like WinZip.

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Use WinZip to zip your PDF files

WinZip is a powerful all-in-one management program, your one stop shop for everything related to zip files. Compress files into zips, uncompress them into their original format, and split large files into multiple smaller ones. Before you zip PDFs, make sure you download and install WinZip. Then open it up and follow these steps:

  • Step 1 Using WinZip's file pane, select the PDF file or multiple PDF files you want to compress.
  • Step 2 Click “Add to Zip”.
  • Step 3 Save the zip file in the location you want it to end up in.

That’s it! WinZip will do the rest, combining multiple PDF files and compressing them down into one single, easy to use zip file. You can then easily attach the zipped PDFs to emails or send them via digital transfer, or simply archive them in a way that takes up much less space than they otherwise would.


Zip files are super useful for if you want to shrink the size of a PDF to transfer or share it more easily without reducing the quality of the file. You can compress one single PDF file into a zip or combine multiple files into a package within a single zip file. Use WinZip to quickly, easily and securely zip one or more PDFs, then transfer them however you like.

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