Files in Windows 10 automatically compressing

Hello everyone, yesterday i noticed lots of folders and shortcuts having 2 blue arrows on the top right of the icon.  This means the file is compressed in the properties.  But how do i make it stop?  Every new file/folder i add automatically compresses and i don't want it to.

It isn't an urgent question, but it is pretty annoying seeing the arrows on the icons.

If anyone knows how to fix it, please let me know! Thanks!

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*Original title: Files in C: drive automatically compressing?*


Hi Marvin,

You can set the compression state of folders and compress or decompress files by using My Computer or a command-line program called Compact. We recommend following these steps to set a folder in a decompression state:

  1. Start Windows Explorer . In the left pane, select the folder you want to compress or decompress.

  2. On the File menu, click Properties to display the Properties dialog box.

  3. On the General tab, click Advanced .

  4. In the Advanced Attributes dialog box, clear the Compress contents to save disk space check box, and then click OK .

  5. In the Properties dialog box, click OK .

  6. To keep existing files or subfolders in the NTFS folders in their current compression state, click Apply changes to this folder only , and then click OK .

Let us know if you need further help.

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Last updated June 14, 2021 Views 38,745 Applies to: