Here’s a quick tip on storing a number of files into a single archive file quickly and easily in Ubuntu. The instructions will also work for those who use other distros as long as they are using Gnome and Nautilus.

  1. Load up Nautilus (Places > Home Folder)
  2. Copy all the files you want to store in the archive to a single location. For example, I’ll often copy all the files and folders that I want to add to my home folder first.
  3. Highlight all the files to be included in the archive. You can select files and folders one at a time by holding down the Ctrl key while clicking on the desired file/folder.
  4. Right-click one of the highlighted files and select “Create Archive…”
  5. Name the archive and click “Create”.

Depending on the size of the files that you’ve selected, you’ll soon have a new zip file sitting in the folder where the source files are located.

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