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Blue arrows on some files/shortcuts

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by slipd, Apr 14, 2019 at 3:21 PM.

  1. slipd

    Mobster

    Joined: Feb 26, 2004

    Posts: 4,118

    Location: Hampshire

    Hi guys,

    Just updated an old 32 bit Windows 10 machine and several of my desktop shortcuts: Avira, Teamviewer etc. have these litle blue arrow on them, top right corner... see below.

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    Any ideas?
     
  2. d_brennen

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 30, 2009

    Posts: 14,844

    Location: Aquilonem Londinensi

    It's supposed to indicate a compressed NTFS file or folder. Not sure why shortcut icons have it though. Are they .lnk file extension?
     
  3. slipd

    Mobster

    Joined: Feb 26, 2004

    Posts: 4,118

    Location: Hampshire

    Thanks for the reply! Digging a bit deeper, it appears more widespread than first thought. Literally all my folders, Windows, Users etc. are displaying it.

    I didn't intentionally set this, if there a global override or anything?
     
  4. Double07

    Hitman

    Joined: Jan 10, 2006

    Posts: 630

    Ive just noticed quite a few of my files have this. I never noticed until I read this post and I don't know if they were previously, arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrhhh :)
     
  5. MonkeyBasher

    Gangster

    Joined: Dec 4, 2009

    Posts: 245

    Are the little blue icons linked to 7zip?

    It could also be something to do with symbolic links. Nothing gets installed to where you think it does these days.
     
  6. Scort

    Mobster

    Joined: Feb 28, 2006

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    Location: No longer riding an Italian

    This is because "Compress contents...." is enabled, within Properties/Advanced. It used to be a default setting on Windows 7, I've noticed it seems to be off on the Windows 10 machines I have checked.
     
  7. slipd

    Mobster

    Joined: Feb 26, 2004

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    Location: Hampshire

    This. I've uncompressed and they've gone!

    Weird, but I don't remember ever compressing in the first place?!