Thursday, November 02, 2006


Changing the colour of NTFS compression in Explorer

Some of the lads at school were asking about how to do this, so I have had a dig around and remembered how to do it. The problem is that the registry key is not even there by default, so there is nothing to change - that is why I could not find it at first!

  1. Run regedit.exe

  2. Locate registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

  3. Create a new key called AltColor, of type REG_BINARY, with a data value that is the hex value of the colour you want with trailing 00 in the format: RR GG BB 00 (Red, Green, Blue)

  4. For example, FF 00 00 00 for red or 00 FF 00 00 for green.

Note that it looks like Explorer only reads this value once, so if you want to change the colour again, you will need to use Task Manager to kill and relaunch the explorer.exe process.

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