How To Download Zip Files Without Unzipping

This short tip explains how you can stop Safari from automatically unzipping downloaded zip files. When you want to save a zip file on your computer, Safari will unzip .zip and .gz files after downloading. So what if you want to save as a .zip file without extracting. Zip files are compressed, archive files that take up less space. It also enables you transfer folders easily and quickly. For example you can email a folder with a .zip extension as an e-mail attachment.

You can easily download stuff online while browsing the web using Safari. For example you can download zip, PDF or music files. By default, Safari will automatically open compressed files. Safari decompresses files such as .zip files after you download them. But is is easy to change this setting. However even if you keep this setting unchanged, do not worry Safari will only open files, NOT programs or software.

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Here is how:

  1. Open Safari on your Mac
  2. Choose Safari
  3. Choose PreferencesSafari Preferences
  4. Click the General tab
  5. And uncheck the “open ‘safe’ files after downloading” box. (the section further says ‘safe’ files include movies, pictures, sounds, PDF and text documents, and archives.)Download Safe files
  6. And you are done. Now you downloaded zip files will be saved as zip files. You can easily unzip them by double clicking them and the file will automatically be decompressed.

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Dr. Serhat Kurt worked as a Senior Technology Director. He holds a doctoral degree (or doctorate) from the University of Illinois at Urbana / Champaign and a master’s degree from Purdue University. Here is his LinkedIn profile.

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