ZIP files are useful file types that can help you store and transfer grouped files in a lossless compressed format for faster, easier file transfers, whether it's happening all on your hard drive, going from one computer to another, or being sent across the internet to another recipient.
While ZIP files are handy tools to make a grouped collection of files take up less space, using this file type effectively also requires that you know how to convert your files to a ZIP format. Continue reading to learn how.
A ZIP file is a special file format that computers can use to compress a group of files without permanently altering the original format of the files inside it. ZIP files use a lossless compression algorithm to encode the files within it to "shrink" by eliminating redundant information and storing the files with a space-saving code that can later be reconstructed to restore the files' original formats.
Essentially, ZIP files pack your files down into a small, neat little package that takes up considerably less space and bandwidth from your computer, and it stays compressed in this smaller file size until the zipped folder is "unzipped" to extract the files.
To create a ZIP file, there are a few ways you can convert existing folders and files into a compressed folder.
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