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    Yosemite won't uncompress .zip files when I double-click on them
    I am trying in vain to open zip file downloaded from internet. they are subtitles, eg <link removed>

    l get a .zip file, I noticed they all were defaulting to open with TextEdit. When I control click or double click they fail to open,

    So the question is does anyone know how to get Yosemite to open a .zip given this situation?
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    Right-click, "Open with...", Archive Utility.
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    cradom, l dont have that option, ie, "Archive Utility" , l do have "utilities" only after l select "other..." do l have to download an app to open?

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    You might have to look for it. It's in /System/Library/CoreServices/Applications
    Try this: Do a 'Get Info' on the file, Open With... and select Other. Look for and select Archive Utility.
    Click the button that says 'Change all'.
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    cradom, thanks for suggestion, unfortunately Archive Utility is seen but not selectable. please see attachement. is there something l have to do to make it selectable?
    thanks again

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    You're in the right place. Where the word "Enable" appears click the drop down menu and change the setting to "All Applications". You should now be able to select Archive Utility.
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    Maybe "The Unarchiver.app", which can be found for free at the App Store, will do. I have had an equivalent experience of being unable to unzip zipped files with the standard OS tools, and The Unarchiver did it.
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    Slydude, l managed to select Archive Utility now, thanks but it wont open:
    Screen Shot 2015-10-19 at 1.26.47 am.png

    what can l do to make this work?
    michelangelo, thanks for suggestion, l will do it this way if Archive utility don't work, l rather not download unnecessary sofeware if the system can do it already.

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    That message seems to indicate that the Archive Utility is damaged in some way. I'm not sure what might have caused that.

    I should have mentioned something in my previous post. I wonder if the .zip archive itself isn't damaged or incomplete. I haven't had to unzip such archives in a while but normally the Archive Utility handles things quite well. Before the Archive Utility was included in OS X I used StuffIt Expander for this. It handles .zip files and several other types of compressed files.
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