Color representation of the encrypted and compressed files and folders in Windows Explorer

We already explained in detail how you can compress folders or files in Windows Explorer in our article ” Compress folders and files under Windows “.

However, by default it is not so easy in Windows Explorer to recognize these files as compressed files if a certain option is not set in Windows Explorer. If you also set it so that compressed or encrypted files in the Windows folder are normally displayed in black font , then we will show you in this Explorer tutorial how you can change this to a blue display.

In the following example of a Windows 10 Explorer, various files and folders are contained in one directory. All files and folders are compressed, only the Word file ” contribution ” is compressed. Nevertheless, all files and folders are displayed in black font.

Files and folders in black

To display the compressed and encrypted files in a different color (blue) , you have to do the following. First click on the item in the Explorer menu bar


and then on


Now you switch to the tab


as you can see in the picture below.

Show encrypted or compressed NTFS files in a different color

There is then the function relatively far in the middle of all options

Show encrypted or compressed NTFS files in a different color

If you activate this, all encrypted files, folders or compressed NTFS files are displayed in blue , as you can see in the following figure.

File and folder shown in blue

Setting this option clearly makes sense if you are working with compressed or encrypted files or folders , because this way you can immediately see which files are encrypted or compressed.

If you are interested in other explorer options , you should take a closer look at the following articles.

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