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Blue color icon witha symbol ">>" appear on text files


I found this forum very useful. Recently I came across a new issue with my Laptop. The issue is on my desktop and on my MY DOCUMENTS folder all the Ms -office files, text files and PDF files: An icon appears in blue color with a symbol ">>". May I know what is this. Currently I running my laptop with WinXP sp3, norton anti virus.

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I'm thinking, Compressed Files.

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I'm not sure, but I wonder if these are compressed files.

In My Documents, are you viewing the files in Icon or Thumbnail view? If so, change the view to List or Details, using the change view icon in the menu bar.

That way they will list as file names and not just icons, the >> will disappear. If the file names are in blue, then my guess is they have been compressed. That's nothing to worry about as this is used to save hard disk space, but using those files again will uncompress them.

But then you say they appear on your Desktop as well, (do you mean the desktop display on your laptop?). I can't explain that unless they are also compressed files.


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Please find the link to the blue colored icon

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Re: Here's your solution

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syedapex, You're probably using Norton 360 which puts those blue boxes with the two white chevrons (arrows or greater than symbols) are to show the backup status of folders and files. If you don't want them turn off the automatic backup option in Norton and the blue boxes will be gone.


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More info.

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There is an option in Norton 360 to turn off the backup status overlays (Blue boxes). This must be selected to remove the overlays. The automatic backup can remain on, and if the backup status overlays are turned off, the icons will no longer be placed on the files that Norton is scheduled to back up.

Should have added this to my previous reply.


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Abd yet more info

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Issue Resolved. Thanks You so much

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First of all I am shock to see those quick replies and answers. And I want to Thank both of you "MarkFlax" and "Tufenuf" for their great replies so quickly and solved my issues. It was pleasure seeing your replies. Thanks you so much once again.

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Not me, but well done.

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I can take no credit as I wasn't aware that Norton 360 did this. The credit all goes to Tuf. Happy

Glad you got it sorted. Nice one.


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