Blue file names in "My Pictures" folder

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by What's In A Name?, Oct 6, 2004.

  1. For some reason some of the file names for pictures in the My Picutres
    folder in My Documents on my Windows XP machine have turned blue and I can't
    figure out how this has happened. The problem only resides in the My
    Pictures folder. The original color of the text has always been black. Can
    anyone offer a reason for this happening and how do I get rid of the blue

    What's In A Name?, Oct 6, 2004
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    Ingeborg Guest

    Blue means they are compressed at filesystem level. Rightclick the file,
    choose properties, and somewhere there's an option to compress/uncompress
    the files.
    Ingeborg, Oct 6, 2004
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  3. Thanks. How did the check mark get into the properties for the files to
    begin with? I certainly didn't do it, and they were always black before a
    few weeks ago. I can't figure out how it happened and nobody uses my
    computer but me.
    What's In A Name?, Oct 6, 2004
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    Ingeborg Guest

    Don't know. Maybe they have been compressed all the time, and a few weeks
    ago you enabled the blue coloring? You can enable/disable this somewhere, I
    thought in the folderview settings. (Cannot check it, I'm using 98 now)

    Another option is that you are low in diskspace, and XP automagically
    decides to compress some file. I don't think that XP has such a feature (it
    is much more annoying to popup balloons that you are running out of disk
    space, so that's the preferred MS way) but you'll never know until someone
    finds a security hole in it, and writes a cute new virus. Then MS will tell
    the world how to disable the feature, and your questions are answered. :)
    Ingeborg, Oct 6, 2004
  5. I think I figured out how it happened. If you run disk clean up, there is
    an option to compress old files (I assume that means files you haven't
    opened in a while), so if you check that it will compress those "old" files
    and turn them blue in the file name.
    What's In A Name?, Oct 6, 2004
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    Ingeborg Guest

    That must be the reason. Glad you found it, have been paranoidic for
    Ingeborg, Oct 6, 2004
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