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How do you zip a file with WinRAR?

by Kdogtrainer1 / March 12, 2008 7:33 AM PDT

My computer has WinRAR and I know how to unzip a file with it but would like to be able to know how to zip a file.

I have a gif I want to send and know it doesn't have any virus but everytime I try to send it as an attachment in my MSN email I get the following message:

Access to the following potentially unsafe attachments has been blocked: DigitalHeart.gif.

I went through the help file but couldn't find anything that said how to make a zip file.

Would someone be able to tell me how to do this?
Please give step by step as I am not great with computers.
Thank you in advance for any help.

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Re: zipping a file.
by Kees Bakker / March 12, 2008 7:57 AM PDT

Personally, I always use the right-click>Send to compressed folder, that comes standard with Windows XP for zipping. No need to pay for WinRAR or any other shareware zip-program, if there's such a good way built in in what I have. But, indeed, XP doesn't handle rar-files.

I don't know Winrar, but most zip- and rar-programs I know of, insert themselves in the rigth-click menu in My Computer/Windows Explorer. Just select the gif-file and choose the right option.

If that doesn't work, run Winrar via Start>Programs and use the menu-options to select and zip your file. But I don't think that's necessary.

Hope this helps.


Kees

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How to zip a file with WinRAR
by Kdogtrainer1 / March 12, 2008 8:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: zipping a file.

Thank you so much Kees. I didn't know I could do that. It worked. Wahooooo!!!!!!!

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Glad I could help. Thanks for the feedback.
by Kees Bakker / March 12, 2008 8:23 AM PDT

If you've Winrar installed, you won't notice it, but standard XP not only has the possibility to zip-files, but also to unzip them or copy 1 or 2 files from such a 'compressed folder' to a normal folder.

Unless you work with other compressed formats (like ace, arc, jar, rar, zoo) you'll probably won't need Winrar at all. But, of course, if you have it and paid for it, better know how to use it.

Kees

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Glad I could help.
by Kdogtrainer1 / March 12, 2008 8:30 AM PDT

I don't remember getting WinRAR and only know it opens automatically when I get a zipped file. I don't know how else to use it. I am a complete nerd when it comes to computers so things that are so simple for most people are like Greek to me. Just knowing how to zip a file now will be a tremendous help to me.
Thanks again.

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