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Random colored file names in file dialog box

Posted on 2007-03-23
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I have a user using a laptop running XP, when she opens the file dialog box (open, save, save as, etc), sometimes some of the file names are shown in blue.

Anyone see this before, and is it something I should be worried about? My first thought was malware or corruption, but it does not seem to affect function, and virus scan came up negative.
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Windows uses different color fonts for special files. By default:
Blue=Compressed Files
Green=Encrypted Files
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For example, see this MSKB article:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;320166
HOW TO: Identify Encrypted Files in Windows XP
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I'll double-check, but I don't recall any of them being anything other than .doc and .xls files.
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You can check and/or change the compressed state of a file. Right click on it and select properties. On the advanced tab you will find that the blue files have the 'Compress Files to Save Disk Space' option is selected. To uncompress the file untick the checkbox.

This file compression is built into windows and is completly transparent, files are compressed and uncompressed automatically as required.
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lherrou, any feedback?
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Can't access the laptop over the weekend, it'll be some time Monday.
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Thanks. I only have two XP machines out of 6, and hadn't used the compressed files before, so I wasn't aware of that.
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