Effortlessly Compress Files on Mac with Keyboard Shortcut

There are so many times when you have to compress (zip) a file or folder on Mac to send or share but the only way to do so is through the tedious right-click > Compress “file or folder”. That’s because, unfortunately, macOS does not support a native keyboard shortcut to compress files yet.

However, where there’s a will, there’s a way and the way here is to create a keyboard shortcut to compress files and folders yourself with any combination of keys you prefer. Just take a look at the following steps to know how to do it.

  1. Click the Apple logo (top left corner of the screen), select System Preference.
  2. apple logo > system preference
  3. Navigate to Keyboard > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts.
  4. navigate to app shortcuts
  5. Click the + (plus icon).
  6. plus icon
  7. Choose Finder from “Application:” dropdown menu.
  8. Enter Compress for “Menu Title:”
  9. finder compress
  10. Click the input box beside “Keyboard Shortcut:” once, and record your preferred shortcut keystroke. (Suggestion: Use Shift + Command + C, or Option + Command + C)
  11. Click Add to finalize your shortcut.
  12. keystroke add

That’s it! Select any file or folder on your Mac, execute the command, and it will be compressed immediately.