Windows 10: What are these badges shown in File Explorer?

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  1.    08 Dec 2017 #1

    What are these badges shown in File Explorer?


    For lack of a better term, in File Explorer on the lower left of folders and file icons, there are sometimes badges displayed. E.g. A checkmark or double arrow. What is the proper name for these and what do the different ones mean? Click image for larger version. 

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  2.    08 Dec 2017 #2

    The green checkmark indicates a variety of different application checks that can include synchronized with Dropbox, OneDrive, or other cloud storage, AV checks from antimalware programs, and so forth. Generally indicates that a file has been checked for something, and the results of the check are positive. I've never seen the double "greater than sign" item you snip in your post, so I can't comment on that one. I'm sure somebody else will have an idea or explanation, though...
    HTH,
    --Ed--
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       08 Dec 2017 #3

    Did you install any Norton product ?
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  4. f14tomcat's Avatar
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       08 Dec 2017 #4

    I believe they are also used by Carbonite Online Backup. Not sure, though. Someone else had this same issue a couple weeks ago, and that's what it was.
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  5.    08 Dec 2017 #5

    Thanks guys for your help. Yes, I do use Norton products so maybe the badges are generated by Norton. If what you are saying is correct the badges are generated by third-party software apps and are not actually part of the MS Win 10 OS. No wonder I couldn't find anything mentioned in MS literature about these markings. I will widen my search to the third-party apps I have installed in an effort to find out just what these badges mean.
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  6.    09 Dec 2017 #6

    Yes, you're definitely on the right track. I use Norton and indeed, it leaves checkmarks behind: that was one of the antimalware suites to which I referred in my general comment. If you find out where the blue symbol comes from and form some idea about what it might mean, please post that info here. I'm curious now, but still can't find anything.
    Thanks,
    --Ed--
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  7. f14tomcat's Avatar
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       09 Dec 2017 #7

    EdTittel said: View Post
    Yes, you're definitely on the right track. I use Norton and indeed, it leaves checkmarks behind: that was one of the antimalware suites to which I referred in my general comment. If you find out where the blue symbol comes from and form some idea about what it might mean, please post that info here. I'm curious now, but still can't find anything.
    Thanks,
    --Ed--
    Kinda old, but looks real similar.

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  8.    09 Dec 2017 #8

    Will do. After all, that is what a forum like this is all about.
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  9.    09 Dec 2017 #9

    The blue arrows indicate files which haven't been backed up by Norton whereas the green ticks indicate files which have been backed up by Norton. Use Norton backup myself & notice this.
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  10. Anak's Avatar
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       09 Dec 2017 #10

    There's also a gray one:
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    Gray icon with a slash mark
    Indicates that the file has been excluded from backup
    Norton product displays a disabled backup status on a file when you exclude the file from any of the backup sets.

    Source: https://support.norton.com
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