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Change the icon used for zipped files System
If, like me, you find the default white zip file icon in 10.5 bland and boring, then it is quite easy to change it if you are using the built-in Archive Utility:
  1. Open up Finder and go to /System/Library/CoreServices.
  2. Find the Archive Utility, Control-click on it and select Show Package Contents from the pop-up menu.
  3. Navigate into Contents » Resources.
  4. Make a backup copy of bah-zip.icns (or any of the other compressed icons you'd like to change) by dragging the file to a folder in your user's home folder. The system will create a copy.
  5. Find an icon you'd like to use, and copy it into this folder, renaming it to bah-zip.icns. I chose to copy the nice green bah.icns file from this same directory, renamed it to bah-zip.icns, and then copied it back in. (You will need to enter your admin password to modify this folder.)
  6. Restart Finder or logout/login, and you will now have a nice customized zip icon for all your zip files.
[robg adds: As you're modifying a system-owned file, future system updates may overwrite your changes, of course. I haven't tested this one. If you're using 10.4, this hint should also work, though the name of the program to modify is BOMArchiveHelper, not Archive Utility. I haven't tested this one.]
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Change the icon used for zipped files
Authored by: Anonymous on Jul 28, '08 10:57:59AM

If you want many nicer icons and a better unzip etc then maybe try and use TheUnarchiver which i have been using for years anyway....the icons are pretty good IMHO.....

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