How do I open archive utility?
To use the Archive Utility, launch the app, if it's not already open.
- To compress a file or folder, select File, Create Archive.
- A window will open that you can use to navigate to the folder that contains the items you wish to compress. Make your selection, and then click the Archive button.
Launch Terminal, found in the /Applications/Utilities folder. Find the .zip file in the Finder and have it easily accessible. At the command line type “unzip ” followed by a space, then drag and drop the .cpgz or .zip file into the terminal window to automatically enter the full path to that file, then hit return.
- Mac OS X. The Mac command line is a program called Terminal. It lives in the /Applications/Utilities/ folder. To find it, go to your Applications folder.
- PDF files are Compatible Across Multiple Platforms. A PDF format represents a document independently of the hardware, operating system and application software used to create the original PDF file. It was designed to create transferable documents that can be shared across multiple computer platforms.
- To open these files, you will need Adobe Reader software on Macintosh OS 8/9 or Windows systems. Additionally, you can open PDF files with Preview on Macintosh OS X. If you do not have Adobe Reader already installed on your computer, you can download the installer and instructions free from the Adobe Web site.
To unzip files on a mac, simply follow the steps below:
- Double click the zipped file.
- The file will automatically be decompressed by Archive Utility into the same folder the compressed file is in.
- Access the extracted files by clicking the appropriate icons.
- Unzip from the Command Line
- Open your Applications folder.
- Open the Utilities folder.
- Open the Terminal application.
- Find the .zip file in the Finder.
- At the command line type "unzip" followed by a space.
- Drag and drop the .cpgz or .zip file into the terminal window.
- Select the Enter key.
- Here's how to compress files and folders:
- Locate the file or folder you want to compress.
- After you've selected the files and folders, right click on them, and then select Compress.
- A window will appear indicating that your Mac is compressing the files or folders.
- One way to right click on a Mac is to press the Ctrl (or Control) key when you tap the mouse button, or the trackpad. Don't confuse the Ctrl key with the Alt (or Option) key. The Ctrl key on a Mac is not the one next to the space bar, it's at the far end of the keyboard, on either the right or left side.
Updated: 22nd September 2018