How to Change the Color of Encrypted or Compressed Files in Windows 11

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This article provides instructions on how to enable or disable the feature “Show Encryption or Compressed NTFS files in Color” in Windows 11. Enabling this feature in the File Explorer can help users differentiate their encrypted and compressed files from regular ones, adding an extra level of security to their data.

This article describes steps to enable or disable “Show Encryption or Compressed NTFS files in Color” in Windows 11.

Windows has an Encrypted File System or EFS that provides additional security for files, folders, or directories.

Encrypting your files and folders on your device using EFS increases security. When your files are encrypted and your device is stolen or lost, the data on the device will remain encrypted and secure.

If you have files and folders encrypted on your device and want to distinguish them from regular files and folders, you can turn on a feature that turns encrypted and compressed files in color in File Explorer view.

Below is how to do that in Windows 11.

How to enable or disable showing Encrypted or Compressed NTFS files in Color in Windows 11

As described above, you can distinguish your encrypted and compressed files and folders in color in Windows 11.

Below is how to do that in Windows 11.

First, open File Explorer. You can also do that using a keyboard shortcut (Windows key + E).

Once File Explorer is opened, open the Folder Options.

On the View tab, under Advanced settings, check the box to “Show encrypted or compressed NTFS files in color,” then click OK to save your changes.

To not display encrypted and compressed files in color, uncheck the box and click OK to apply your changes.

After applying your change, you should see encrypted and compressed files and folders in color.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to enable or disable “Show encrypted and compressed NTFS files in color” in Windows 11. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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