Change the color of Compressed Files and Folders

windows uses a special color to identify compressed files in Explorer. By default,this is blue. You can set this to any color of your choice by following some simple steps :

Go to My Computer > Tools > Folder Option > View. Scroll down to ” Show encrypted or compressed NTFS Files in Color”; Check the box and Click OK.

Then, open the Registry Editor. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer.

Create a new binary value, or modify the existing value, called AltColor, and set it to equal the hexadecimal RGB color value for files and folders:

Value name: AltColor

Data Type: REG_BINARY( Binary Value)

value Data: 00 00 FF( default)

Since we need to set the color to red, we need to use a Value Data of FF0000. For other colors, the values are as follows.

Green : 00FF00

Blue: 0000ff

Yellow: FFFF00


Black: 000000

Try different colors by changing the hexadecimal values and enjoy the files and folders in colors.


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July 10, 2008 by: Prasanth Chandra

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