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File Name changing it's color

The MS Word files and PDF Files are changing into blue color day by day.

What could be the problem?

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Where does this show up?

In reply to: File Name changing it's color

If you are seeing blue files in a folder and file listing utility like Windows Explorer, then that means the files are either encrypted or compressed.

If you goto Control Panel > Folder options, then the view tab, scroll down and you will see an entry, "Show encrypted or compressed NTFS files in color"

Encrypted files are your choice. Compressed files reduce the amount of hard disk space used. The Microsoft link below tells more;


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In reply to: Where does this show up?

Randomly in any folder.

Earlier it was not blue in color but after some time it became blue.Is it getting encrypted day by day?

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Blue files would indicate they are compressed

In reply to: mark

You should check properties for the folders these are in under advanced settings to see if file compression is enabled. Also, if you do disk cleanups occasionally, an option does appear allowing you to compress old files to save space. I can't define "old", but, if you select that option, this might be another reason.

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