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

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 9, 2018
Updated • May 22, 2018

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

folder colorizer 2

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.

Closing Words

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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  1. Anonymous said on July 20, 2021 at 9:36 pm


  2. Paul(us) said on February 17, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    What I really can’t find out or this Folder colorizer 2 website and also reading after reading this article of Martin, is or this program also works with other file managers than Windows Explorer, like Xplorer2, FreeCommanderXE, XYplorer, Tabalus explorer, Explorer++, ?

    1. Anonymous said on February 28, 2018 at 3:35 pm

      Hey Paul! I have FreeCommanderXE – and Folder Colorizer works fine. :)

      1. Paul(us) said on February 28, 2018 at 9:25 pm

        Thanks, Anoymous, For your advice.
        Like I already wrought I also use FreeCommanderXE and I am going to give it a try.
        I am looking forward to the results! :-)

  3. Mike said on February 12, 2018 at 9:49 am

    I use Folder Painter v1.0 from Sordum , Ä°t is a Portable Application and very simple to use

    1. Shannana said on May 25, 2018 at 2:49 pm

      Yup, Folder Painter works great. It gives you 12 color to use + the default off-yellow Windows color. I’ve been using this in Windows 10 64bit with no issues. 100% free and portable.

    2. Sebas said on February 15, 2018 at 7:33 am

      Same here. Very simple indeed. Sordum has a great collection of simple and reliable tools.

    3. Anonymous said on February 12, 2018 at 10:54 am

      Thank you.

  4. kalmly said on February 11, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Folder Magic. Old, never bested, pick your own color or icon, and only $10. I use Rainbow folders once in a while too, but there’s nothing quite like Folder Magic. Yeah, the ad is full of silly icons, but the application allows use of any icon you can find on the internet – if you’re into icons – and any color imaginable can be used for folders.

  5. PCG said on February 10, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Interesting that this program is recommended here as the original version installed crapware, including a browser hijacker, even when you unchecked the option.

    1. Anonymous said on February 28, 2018 at 3:30 pm

      Did you try the latest version? It’s absolutely clean of viruses or malware. And sure thing, Ghacks editors might have tested it before writing an article.

    2. Anonymous said on February 10, 2018 at 7:39 pm

      Worse than I thought at first.. They probably had a big laugh at softorino seeing their soft sponsorised on Ghacks.

  6. Phylis Sophical said on February 10, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    Been using Rainbow folders for a long time. But Folder Colorizer2 looks like it has a few useful options. However due to the comments on the Beta v., think I’ll wait. Martin, hope you let us know when it’s out of Beta.

    1. Jdot1 said on February 28, 2018 at 3:10 pm

      it’s out of beta now :) Officially released and working fine.

  7. michlind said on February 10, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Trying to colorize in Windows Explorer, explorer.exe crashed every time I tried to used it. After reboot the same crashing contiinued. I thought one more attempt before uninstalling it. I tried colorizing a desktop folder. Success! Now it works as expected on Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

  8. cday said on February 9, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    Is it just me, or is there something unattractive about the standard colours?

  9. Stefan said on February 9, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Error 404 when trying to download….

  10. Dave said on February 9, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    Make it easy for MS and others to find important files.

  11. Joe Mezzanini said on February 9, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    I get a PARSER ERROR when I try to install on Win10
    I wish it worked for me! (Win10)

  12. Croatoan said on February 9, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    Are folders distributable? Can I save color for folder on USB memory stick and color is still present on another PC?

    My folder colors
    I don’t even need to read folder names.

  13. Anonymous said on February 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Probably another software each time you want to change a color saying “hey dear, I must tell my boss what you are doing before, please don’t block me with your firewall. If I am wrong tell me please.

    1. Jdot1 said on February 28, 2018 at 3:08 pm

      You’re wrong :)

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