Compress Multiple Files Separately at Once on Mac

Finding the right compression tools on Mac can be challenging. Most of them require an expensive license, which somehow has gulls to ask for annual subscription and/or upgrade. When it comes to included Archive Utility, it only gets the job half done.

Let’s say you are compressing your photos into monthly folders. You should be expecting each folders to be compressed into ‘photos-JAN.zip’, ‘photos-FEB.zip’, and so on. But on Archive Utility, it is easier said than done.

This is the solution for such an occasion:

  1. Open the Archive Utility app. (Try Spotlight)
  2. Open the preferences in the menu bar.
  3. Change “Use archive format:” to “Zip Archive”.

Now all of the selected items should be housed in its own Zip files.

updated Dec 8, 2017: edited since for improved readability.

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