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  1. #1

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    Jan 03, 2011
    zipping files not compressing

    When I "right-click" on a file and select Compress "Filename..." it does make a zip file, but it is the same size as the original file. I am trying to make a compressed/smaller size file for emailing, etc. Am I missing something? Any help is appreciated. Other than that, I love my mac. Thank you.


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    Member Since
    Jan 17, 2010
    2.8 GHz 15" MacBook Pro OS X 10.7.x & some old Macs
    It's been a long time since I've used the built in Mac zip feature since it doesn't really give you any custom options. As you have found out you have to either like the results or live without it.

    If you are trying to send the files to a Windows users they may have trouble opening the file anyway so I would recommend using a different software. Try YemuZip. You get to choose between 3 levels of compressions and my Windows friends have no problem opening the zip files.

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    Jan 04, 2005
    Modesto, Ca.
    iMac late 2007 10.11.b4, iMac 2008 10.10.5, Macbook2007 10.7.5, Mac Mini 10.7.5, iPhone 3GS Note 8!!
    What type of file are you trying to compress? MP3's for example are already pretty compressed and will not compress much. I just tried some Document files and Better Zip made the zip a bit smaller than the build in, but both zips were maybe 15-17% smaller than the files I was zipping.

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