The Apple Archive Utility comes installed on your Mac and is the de facto standard for expanding compressed files downloaded off the Internet. Archive Utility can handle zip, gz, tar, tgz and nearly a score of other compressed file formats.
Double-clicking on a zip file automatically unzips the file using Archive Utility, however Apple has decided to “hide” the Archive Utility application deep within the Apple System. One problem that can arise by not having the Archive Utility application available in your Applications or Utilities folder rears its ugly head when you install Stuffit Deluxe or another compression utility. If you want to use Archive Utility to unzip or decompress a file, the Archive Utility application icon isn’t available to use for simple drag and drop of a compressed file.
Here’s how to find and make an alias of Archive Utility, so you can drag and drop any compressed file:
Click on your computer icon in the Mac OS X Side Bar and navigate through the following directories: “System/Library/CoreServices”
In “CoreServices” you will see the icon for the Archive Utility application. Single-click on the application and hold down your “Command-Option” keys and drag the Archive Utility icon to the “Utilities” folder on you Side Bar or to another Finder window open to the “Utilities” folder. Release the mouse or trackpad button and an alias of the Archive Utility will be created in the “Utilities” folder. If you like you can also drag the Archive Utilities application to the Dock to create a Dock alias.
Now, anytime you wish to use Archive Utility to extract any compressed file, simply drag and drop the file onto the Archive Utility icon in your Utilities folder or Dock.
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