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How to Make ZIP Files Smaller (3 Methods)

Ezriah Zippernowsky
September 28 2023


Welcome, fellow primates! 🐵 Are you going bananas over gigantic files? Well, you’ve swung to the right tree! In this guide, we’ll peel through the process of making ZIP files smaller. Extracting files will be as easy as peeling a banana, and you’ll no longer be monkeying around with file sizes. So, let’s zip through this jungle of information and squash those big files!

Table of contents

Video guide showing how to create zip files in the web browser. Choose maximum compression just before you initiate the compression to ensure ZIP file is compact.

How To Use ezyZip for Maximum Compression

If you’re looking for an easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy way to compress files, ezyZip is your pal! It’s a simple online tool that can compress your files to the max.

  1. Navigate to ezyZip: Open your web browser and go to our online zip page. How To Use ezyZip for Maximum Compression: Step 1
  2. Upload Files: Click on “Choose File” and select the files you’re looking to compress. It’s like picking the tastiest bananas from the bunch! How To Use ezyZip for Maximum Compression: Step 2
  3. Select Compression Level: Choose the maximum compression level to ensure your files are as small as they can be. How To Use ezyZip for Maximum Compression: Step 3 How To Use ezyZip for Maximum Compression: Step 3
  4. Download ZIP File: Once compressed, download your new, smaller ZIP file. Easy as swinging from tree to tree! How To Use ezyZip for Maximum Compression: Step 4 How To Use ezyZip for Maximum Compression: Step 4 How To Use ezyZip for Maximum Compression: Step 4

How To Split ZIP Files into Smaller Files Using WinRAR

If you find yourself with a ZIP file that’s as bulky as a gorilla, don’t fret! WinRAR can help you split that hefty file into smaller, more manageable pieces. It’s like breaking a big bunch of bananas into smaller bunches!

  1. Open WinRAR: Launch the WinRAR application on your computer. If you don’t have it installed, you can download it from the official WinRAR website. How To Split ZIP Files into Smaller Files Using WinRAR: Step 1 How To Split ZIP Files into Smaller Files Using WinRAR: Step 1
  2. Locate Your ZIP File: Navigate to the location of the ZIP file you wish to split. It’s like finding the right tree with the ripest bananas! How To Split ZIP Files into Smaller Files Using WinRAR: Step 2
  3. Click on Add: Click on the file you wish to split then hit the “Add” button from the toolbar menu. Make sure it’s highlighted. How To Split ZIP Files into Smaller Files Using WinRAR: Step 3
  4. Set the Size for Each Part: A new window will pop up. Configure the “Split to volumes”. Here, you can specify the size you want each part to be. You can choose from the predefined sizes or enter a custom size. How To Split ZIP Files into Smaller Files Using WinRAR: Step 4 How To Split ZIP Files into Smaller Files Using WinRAR: Step 5
  5. Start the Splitting Process: Once everything is set, click “OK” to start splitting the ZIP file into smaller parts. Watch as WinRAR turns that big gorilla of a file into manageable little monkeys! How To Split ZIP Files into Smaller Files Using WinRAR: Step 6

And there you have it! Your big, bulky ZIP file is now a series of smaller, more manageable files, ready to be shared or stored as you see fit. It’s a jungle out there, but with WinRAR, you’ll be swinging through your tasks with ease! 🐒

How To Compress Files Before Zipping

Just like squeezing the air out of a bag of bananas, compressing files before zipping can significantly reduce their size.

  1. Identify Compressible Files: Look for files like images, videos, and documents, which can often be reduced in size. How To Compress Files Before Zipping: Step 1
  2. Use Compression Tools: Utilize tools like TinyPNG for images or HandBrake for videos to compress the files. Here we will use HandBrake to compress a video file. It’s like squeezing the air out of a bag of bananas! How To Compress Files Before Zipping: Step 2
  3. Verify Quality: Check the quality of the compressed files to ensure no significant loss. How To Compress Files Before Zipping: Step 3 How To Compress Files Before Zipping: Step 3 How To Compress Files Before Zipping: Step 3 How To Compress Files Before Zipping: Step 3 How To Compress Files Before Zipping: Step 3
  4. Create ZIP File: Once all files are compressed, create a new ZIP file. You’ll be amazed at how much space you’ve saved! How To Compress Files Before Zipping: Step 4 How To Compress Files Before Zipping: Step 4 How To Compress Files Before Zipping: Step 4

FAQs About Making ZIP Files Smaller

1. Can I compress an already compressed ZIP file?

It’s like trying to squash a banana that’s already squashed! Typically, compressing an already compressed ZIP file won’t reduce its size much, if at all. It’s best to set the highest compression level when creating the ZIP file initially.

2. Is it safe to compress important files?

Absolutely! Compressing files is like keeping your bananas in a safe pouch; it doesn’t harm the content. However, always keep a backup of important files in case of any unexpected issues, like a monkey stealing your bananas!

3. Does splitting a ZIP file affect the content inside?

No worries! Splitting a ZIP file is like dividing a bunch of bananas; all the bananas are still the same. The content inside remains intact, and you can access it once you combine the split parts back together.

4. Can I use these methods on any operating system?

You bet! Whether you’re swinging through the trees of Windows, Mac, or Linux, these methods are versatile. Some steps might vary slightly, so make sure to use the appropriate commands and tools for your OS.

5. Is there a limit to how much I can compress a file?

Indeed! Compression has its limits, like a tree has its highest branch. Some files, like text documents, compress well, while others, like videos, might not see much reduction. It depends on the file type and content.

6. Do I need special software to split or compress ZIP files?

While the jungle is vast, some tools make the journey easier! Software like WinRAR or 7-Zip can help you compress and split files efficiently. However, some operating systems offer built-in tools for basic compression tasks.