How to ZIP a Video File to Send by Email

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How to ZIP a Video File to Send by Email
Zip a file so it fits better on your computer, and is also easier to e-mail. (laptop image by Ewe Degiampietro from

When you zip a file, you compact that file and make it smaller. You can send a smaller file through e-mail, which can then be opened up after the receiver has unzipped it. Zipping a video file might seem tricky, but it is really an easy process. You can zip a file in a couple of easy steps, and your receiver can just as easily unzip it.

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  1. 1

    Right click on your desktop and choose "Create New" and then "Folder." Name the folder something you'll remember or something the receiver will recognise.

  2. 2

    Right click on the video and select "Save As." Then "Browse" to find the folder, and save the video inside of the folder.

  3. 3

    Right click on the name of the folder that now contains the video. Choose "Send To" and then choose "Zip File." The program will create a zipped folder that contains the video, and anything else you put into the folder.

  4. 4

    Compose your e-mail message and select "Attach File." Browse through your computer and select the zipped file. Attach it to your e-mail and send it.

Tips and warnings

  • A very large video, even zipped, could take a long time to send.
  • Some e-mail servers have limits on the size of files you can send or receive. Even zipped, some videos might be too large.

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