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Change the Color of Encrypted Files (Windows XP)

When a file or folder is encrypted it is normally shown using a different color in Explorer. This setting defines which color to use.

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Open your registry and find or create the key below.

Create a new Binary value, or modify the existing value, called "AltEncryptionColor" and set it according to the value data below.

Exit your registry; you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Registry Editor Example
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|AltEncryptionColorREG_BINARY00 80 40 00|
Registry Settings
User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
Value Name: AltEncryptionColor
Data Type: REG_BINARY (Binary Value)
Value Data: RR GG BB 00 (default = 00 80 40 00)

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Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved. Use the information provided at your own risk.

Last modified: September 1, 2002