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

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…

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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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