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On OSX Mojave, version 10.14.2. Related to this post, which does not solve the issue reported here.

Step 1. Configure Archive Utility to prevent opening new Finder windows:

  • Close all Finder windows.
  • In Spotlight, select Archive Utility.app. This does not open any window, but you should be able to access Archive Utility / Preferences... in the menu bar.
  • Open Preferences..., and untick the option Reveal archive in Finder at the bottom.
  • Open a Terminal, and type: killall Finder.

Step 2. Create an archive of a nested folder:

  • In Finder, with column view for example with folders A/B/C, select folder B. You should see the contents of that folder, including folder C.
  • Without left-clicking folder C (as in, you should not see its contents in the next column), right-click on folder C and select Compress "C".
  • An archive C.zip is created in folder B, without opening a new Finder window.

Step 3. Problematic behaviour:

  • Now select folder C, such that its contents appear in the next column.
  • Then right-click C, and select Compress "C" again.
  • A new archive C 2.zip is created in folder B, and a new Finder window is opened.

This is contrary to the preferences set in the Archive Utility (step 1), and inconsistent with the behaviour obtained in step 2; in other words, this is a bug. Is there a solution to this?

  • Please can you report this directly to Apple via their feedback pages or through Bug Reporter. – Graham Miln Feb 4 at 11:09
  • Why call killall Finder? This seems extreme and may cause unintended side effects. – Graham Miln Feb 4 at 11:11
  • @GrahamMiln I will report this at some point this week. You are right that killall Finder may have unintended side-effects; I included this command to leave no ambiguity that the archiver settings were taken into account in steps 2 & 3. – Sheljohn Feb 4 at 13:30

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