How To Zip Files In Gmail

Managing attachments in Gmail can be tricky, especially when dealing with multiple or large files. One smart way around this is to zip your files before sending. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the process to zip files and then sending those files via Gmail.

Step 1: Select and Zip Your Files

The first step is to select the files you need to send and compress them into a ZIP file. Here is how you can do it:

  • On Windows:
  • In a folder, select the files you want to zip. Then, right-click on them, choose Send to, then Compressed (zipped) folder. Name your zip file, then press enter.

  • On Mac:
  • Select your files in Finder, right-click, then choose Compress Items. A zip file will appear in the same location.

  • On Linux:
  • Linux users can use the zip command in terminal:

                zip file1 file2 file3

This will create a zip file named “” containing the files file1, file2, and file3.

Step 2: Attach the Zip file to a Gmail message

Now that you have your zip file ready, the next step is to attach it to your Gmail message. Follow these steps:

  1. Log into your Gmail account and click on the Compose button to start a new email.
  2. Next, click on the Attach files icon (represented by a paperclip) at the bottom of the compose window.
  3. Navigate to the location of your zip file, select it, and click on Open.
  4. Your zip file will now be attached to your email. You can now add your recipient, subject, and message, then hit Send.


Zipping files is an excellent way of managing and sending multiple or large files through Gmail. Not only does it make the process easier and more organized, but it also helps to reduce the size of the files being sent. We hope this guide was helpful in teaching you how to zip files in Gmail.