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Windows 7: The names of files and folders are in green!

09 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7
The names of files and folders are in green!


I have a strange problem. The names of some files and folders appear in green!
Does anybody know why and how to get rid of this strange thing?

Thank you

My System SpecsSystem Spec

09 Jan 2012   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)

The green means they are encrypted.
Right-click the folder/file in question > Properties > Advance
"Encrypt contents to secure data"

Blue is used for compression, btw.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Jan 2012   #3

Windows 7

Ah, yes you are right!
I remember now. I tried to test how to encrypt files in windows7 but it didn't work, and I forgot it.
Although being encrypted, I can open them without the need to password, how is that?
Morever, I didn't encrypt them individually. Encryption is automatically applied on new files and folder and I want to stop it!
Do you know how to stop this strange encryption, please?

Thank you
My System SpecsSystem Spec

09 Jan 2012   #4

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1

Encryption is based on your username. So if you encrypt a file or folder and you try to open the file, the file is automatically decrypted. If you try with another username the file remains encrypted and will not open. There is no password to open the files, only your username credentials are used as password.

When you apply encryption for a folder, all the files inside the folder will be encrypted including new files you add to that folder.

To remove the encryption, right click on the topmost folder where you have applied the encryption, go to Properties - Advanced and remove the check mark for " Encrypt contents to secure data". Click OK and in the Confirm Attribute Changes dialog box select "Apply changes to this folder, subfolders and files". Now the green color for the files and folder names will turn black. You can also verify the attributes of the folders and files for absence of Encryption attribute.
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