Get Rid of Pesky Zip Files After Unzipping in OS X

by Jonathan Longnecker

Remove zip file after unzipping

Quick Tip: Remove Zip Files in Mac OS X After Unzipping →

Mac OS X’s built-in Archive Utility is a handy tool that lets you easily expand ZIP files downloaded to your computer. However, the zip files by default stay behind, leaving your Downloads folder cluttered. Luckily, there’s a way to modify the preferences and have the downloaded zip files sent to your Trash.

This has always bugged me, and I’m glad to finally have those zip files magically disappear after unzipping. Sometimes it’s the little things, you know? Thanks, Tony!

via Chris Coyier

August 30, 2011

Design, Apple


  1. Wouldn’t it be cool if Macs could let you just explore inside of a zip without expanding it (like, say…Windows machines)?  That way, you could just keep the compressed file and use its contents without having to unzip the archive (unless the files are executable in some way).

  2. @Amy, at one point I had a plugin for Quick Look that would let you see what was in it. Not sure if I like keeping it zipped though…would be a pain trying to search for stuff if it was zipped up.

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