Apply custom colors to your Windows Explorer folders with Folder Colorizer 2

Folder Colorizer 2 is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices that adds options to Windows Explorer to apply custom colors to any folder on any hard drive.

The default folder color is yellow in Windows Explorer and there is no obvious option to customize it to distinguish one folder from the other based on looks or make important folders stick out.

Windows Explorer supports assigning other icons to folders but that is not the same as changing the folder color and the operating itself is not overly comfortable either.

Folder Colorizer 2

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Folder Colorizer 2 is available as a beta version right now. It is a new version of the popular Folder Colorizer application for Windows which was downloaded more than 5 million times since its release in 2009. The application is compatible with Windows 7 and newer versions of Windows 10.

Installation of the beta application on a Windows 10 Pro device terminated the Explorer process but it did not relaunch it. I had to open the Windows Task Manager to start the Explorer process manually to resolve this.

Folder Colorizer 2 adds a new context menu entry to Explorer. You see it when you right-click on any folder on any drive. Select the Colorize menu and then one of the available colors or the "colors" menu item to open the configuration.

Note that you can use the program to change the color of a single folder or a selection of folders.

If you select a listed color, it is applied to the folder automatically. This means that it takes two clicks to change the color of any folder on the machine using the application.

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The color menu lists all colors exposed in the menu and options to create custom colors and add them to the menu as well.

You can trash any of the existing colors, and use the color wheel or Hex color codes to add new colors to the library instead. The name of the color is listed in the menu afterward but the color itself is also displayed so that it is easy to pick the right color from the listing.

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You may use Folder Colorizer 2 to change the color of any folder on Windows PCs with just a few clicks. The program has quite a few useful applications: you may use it to make specific folders stick out of the masses of yellow folders in a directory or in root, or use a distinct color scheme for specific folder types, e.g. music, document or photo folders.

All in all a useful program for Windows users who work with folders regularly.


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