I have a zip file, within it I have another zip file, and within that file I have a txt file. When I unzip the outermost file with Apple's archive utility, it unarchives the inner files automatically. Is there a way to prevent this from happening?


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The Archive Utility has a Prefs panel - though it's not obvious how to get there.
The app itself is in /System/Library/CoreServices/Applications. Go to that folder, launch the Utility by double-clicking, then under the app name in the menu bar, choose Preferences.

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Uncheck 'Keep expanding if possible'.

There is a way to expose this pref panel in the regular System Preferences Panel, which needs something like TinkerTool to activate.

  • It wan't run on my macOS Monterey (
    – CodeBy
    Commented May 4, 2023 at 22:08
  • It's still there in Ventura. Use Spotlight to find it if you struggle.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented May 5, 2023 at 7:13

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