XP: In explorer why are some filenames and folders blue?

Posted January 17, 2007 by MickeyMouse in Windows

When browsing through your computer, you notice that some files and folders are now in a blue font instead of the typical black font. What causes this?

Here is an example of what you might be seeing…


See how the ztemp folder and 123temp file are blue?

This has most likely happened because you have enabled compression on these files/folders.

If you do not want compression…

– Right-click the file/folder
– Select Properties from the context menu
– Click the Advanced button
– Unclick Compress contents to save disk space

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