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    .rar files in OS X

    I bought a downloadable sample collection. It came as an email with a link to an .rar file. When I click on the link I get some weird text in my Safari browser.

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    Re: .rar files in OS X

    You need to install the RAR archiver at http://www.rarlabs.com/

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    Re: .rar files in OS X

    What you first need to do is control click on the link and choose "save link as"
    and save the link as a .rar file to your hard drive. Opening it in Safari will not get you anywhere. Then use Stuffit Expander or one of the RAR apps avaiable for OS X to open it.
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    Re: .rar files in OS X

    Quote Originally Posted by jhaggerty
    What you first need to do is control click on the link and choose "save link as"
    and save the link as a .rar file to your hard drive. Opening it in Safari will not get you anywhere. Then use Stuffit Expander or one of the RAR apps avaiable for OS X to open it.
    J

    When I try "control click" I get a different menu. (It's like a help menu, or something) I don't get the "Save as" option.

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    Re: .rar files in OS X

    Jamie's advice usually works, It's the advice I normally give as well.

    This has happend before, when the "save as" isn't in the menu.

    Another way that works is:

    Let it open up in Safari(with all that jibberish), the address bar will fill blue from left to right and will be white when finished, then save as from Safari. I haven't tried this with a huge file, but it worked when I did it at 200mb.

    Another way:
    Drag and drop the link to your desktop
    But sometimes I get a Safari url file, so maybe it will work or it won't.

    Also, sometimes when you do get the .rar file(once you've downloaded it), a .txt is added. Just delete the .txt from the name(or change .txt to .rar if that is the case)



    Hope it works out.

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    Re: .rar files in OS X

    Quote Originally Posted by mojamusic
    When I try "control click" I get a different menu. (It's like a help menu, or something) I don't get the "Save as" option.
    In that menu there should be the option to "Download link"... which will download the .rar file to your usual download location.

    If you cntrl + click a link, then hold down alt, that option in the menu becomes "Download link as", which allows you to specify a different download location and file name if you wish.

    The other option is to copy the download link to your clipboard with apple + c, then paste it directly into Safari's download manager window (Window > Downloads in the menu bar) with apple + v.

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