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Chapter 4.  Configuring the Windows 2000... > Determining which volumes and folder...

4.16. Determining which volumes and folders are compressed

Although Windows 2000 doesn't support compression for FAT or FAT32 volumes, it does support on-the-fly compression and decompression for NTFS volumes. By default Windows 2000 provides no visual indicator to differentiate folders or files that are compressed from those that are not compressed. In some situations it's useful to know at a glance which folders are compressed. For example, since compression and encryption are mutually exclusive, knowing which folders are compressed will tell which ones can or can't be used to store encrypted files.

4.16.1. Show compressed volumes and folders with a different color

You can configure Windows 2000 to show compressed folders and files using blue text for the folder or filename rather than the default color. The change means a quick trip to the Folder Options property sheet:

  1. Open My Computer or any folder and choose Tools Folder Options.

  2. Click the View tab and select the option "Display compressed files and folders with alternate color."

  3. Click OK, then verify that the compressed folders and files appear in a different color.

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