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Date: 2017dec18
OS: Windows
Keywords: tiny, size, small, large, compress, space

Q.  How can I make smaller .zip archives?

A.	Use 7-Zip to make your .zip archives using some command line options.
Assuming you have installed 7-Zip in c:\Program Files\7-zip\7z.exe
Make a batch file that does:

"c:\Program Files\7-zip\7z.exe" a -mm=Deflate -mx=9 -r myfolder/*
Explanation of options: a Make an archive -mm=Deflate Be compatible with .zip -mx=9 Slowest with best compression -r Recursive. Add all folders inside folder The output archive myfolder/* All files and folders inside myfolder. Do NOT use *.* There are other options that might make it slightly smaller but I prefer to just let -mx=9 (ultra) do it.