I’ve written a couple of posts on how files and folders (directories) are compressed on the command line using tools like gzip, bzip2 and tar directly. So I decided to do a post that would cater for those of us that like to just fine with the GUI. It is a relatively simple method that would just take a few clicks.
Right-click on the file/directory that you want to compress. And select “Compress” from the options in the drop-down menu.
In the dialogue windows that appears enter the name in filename input field (if no new name is entered the name of the original file is automatically used).
Just to the right of the ’Filename’ field you’ll see a drop-down menu of compression options, select the compression algorithm you intent to use, they include 7z, iso, jar, tar, tar.gz, tar.bz2.
Select the location where you want the compressed file to be stored, then press “Create”.
From the figure above I tried compressing a directory (‘xero’) using the tar, 7z, tar.bz2, tar.gz and zip algorithms and you can see what I got.