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Windows 7: Padlock Overlay? It means something!

10 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
Padlock Overlay? It means something!

Granted Raymond's blog is not really a source of information rather then entertainment...but he just recent posted about the new overlay icons in Windows 7. And in particular note, since everyone is trying to get ride of it...the padlock.

The Old New Thing : What are those little overlay icons: Windows 7 edition
  • A padlock. This means that you have a private item in a non-private directory.
A private item is an item where the only user account with access is you....To avoid clutter, the overlay is shown only when there is a transition from non-private to private....

No longer present as an overlay is the sharing hand. Why was the sharing hand removed in favor of the private overlay?

Given the changes in how people use computers, sharing information is becoming more and more of the default state...
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