Fine Tune Archive Behavior with the Secret Archives Preference Pane
You can fine tune how Mac OS X handles archives with a secret preference pane. There’s quite a few features tucked away in the Archives preference pane, including the ability to delete the archive after it’s expanded, reveal the expanded items in the Finder, and of course the same features for compressing files too. These are great, but my favorite part about the hidden Archives preference pane is the ability to adjust where expanded files go, you can manually set a specific directory for all expanded files to go into automatically.
How to Access and Install the Hidden Archives Preference Pane
Enough talk about the features, let’s access and enable the secret preference pane:
- From the Finder, hit Command+Shift+G to access the “Go to folder”
- Type in /System/Library/CoreServices/
- Locate the app “Archive Utility.app” and right-click, then click on “Show Package Contents”
- Now open Contents > Resources
- Double-click on ‘Archives.prefPane’ to add the Archives preference pane
Once the preference pane has been installed you can access it anytime through System Preferences as any other control panel is accessed. I’m not sure why this isn’t enabled by default, but it’s definitely handy and makes the built-in archive tool a lot more useful (now if only it could unrar files itself).