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Folder & File Name Fonts

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by WOLLAM, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. WOLLAM

    WOLLAM Flightless Bird

    I don't know if this is anything important, but I thought I would ask.

    About two weeks ago the font color of the file and folder names changed from
    black to blue. This did not happen on all files and folders, it seems to be
    random, but it happened to more than a few. Is this something I need to
    worry about? Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    WOLLAM
     
  2. Ronin

    Ronin Flightless Bird

    You have enabled file compression for little-used files. The names of files
    that are compressed are blue and the name of any folder that contains
    compressed files is likewise blue. To disable this feature, go to the
    Properties of the drive, folder or file concerned. For the drive, the option
    is right at the bottom: "Compress this drive to save disk space". For
    folders and files, the comparable option is behind the Advanced button.

    --
    Ronin

    "WOLLAM" <WOLLAM@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:AC561BC7-E41D-4107-AC40-1B021FE2B8E0@microsoft.com...
    >I don't know if this is anything important, but I thought I would ask.
    >
    > About two weeks ago the font color of the file and folder names changed
    > from
    > black to blue. This did not happen on all files and folders, it seems to
    > be
    > random, but it happened to more than a few. Is this something I need to
    > worry about? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
    >
    > WOLLAM
     
  3. Big_Al

    Big_Al Flightless Bird

    WOLLAM said this on 3/10/2010 2:27 PM:
    > I don't know if this is anything important, but I thought I would ask.
    >
    > About two weeks ago the font color of the file and folder names changed from
    > black to blue. This did not happen on all files and folders, it seems to be
    > random, but it happened to more than a few. Is this something I need to
    > worry about? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
    >
    > WOLLAM


    Blue means they are compressed to save space. Its an option under disk
    cleanup to compress old files too. There is no harm in it, if you try
    to read a compressed file the system just uncompresses it.
     
  4. Bob I

    Bob I Flightless Bird

    No, it just means the files and folder are compressed, if encrypted they
    will be shown in green.

    WOLLAM wrote:

    > I don't know if this is anything important, but I thought I would ask.
    >
    > About two weeks ago the font color of the file and folder names changed from
    > black to blue. This did not happen on all files and folders, it seems to be
    > random, but it happened to more than a few. Is this something I need to
    > worry about? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
    >
    > WOLLAM
     
  5. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Mar 10, 2:27 pm, WOLLAM <WOL...@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    > I don't know if this is anything important, but I thought I would ask.
    >
    > About two weeks ago the font color of the file and folder names changed from
    > black to blue.  This did not happen on all files and folders, it seems to be
    > random, but it happened to more than a few.  Is this something I need to
    > worry about?  Any help will be greatly appreciated.
    >
    > WOLLAM


    It means you did it.

    Either from during a Disk Cleanup operation or manually by your own
    hand.

    If the blue color is annoying (like it is to me) uncompress them
    through the folder Properties and be more careful. It will not hurt
    anything to have compressed files, some folks will say it could lead
    to performance issues to which I will say - maybe, but show me some
    numbers. Generally there is no need to compress these days. I think
    it is from the Win 9X days.

    You can totally disable the check for files that need compression when
    using Disk Cleanup - that will sometimes save you a lot of time when
    Disk Cleanup appears to hang during the operation and looks like it is
    broken.

    In modern times, there is usually little reason to compress files and
    if you have a couple million to check, you may just stop doing Disk
    Cleanup altogether since it takes so long to check for files to
    compress, so just tell Disk Cleanup not to do it anymore.

    Here is how to remove the check:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/812248
     
  6. WOLLAM

    WOLLAM Flightless Bird

    Thank you to all who responded. You have been a great help.

    "WOLLAM" wrote:

    > I don't know if this is anything important, but I thought I would ask.
    >
    > About two weeks ago the font color of the file and folder names changed from
    > black to blue. This did not happen on all files and folders, it seems to be
    > random, but it happened to more than a few. Is this something I need to
    > worry about? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
    >
    > WOLLAM
     

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