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Sometimes when viewing a file or folder's properties, I see an Advanced button listed under Attributes.

Advanced button in file properties

Other times, the advanced button is replaced by an Archive checkbox.

Archive checkbox in file properties

Why do file attributes sometimes display an archive checkbox instead of the advanced options button?

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    Just another UX disaster of Windows Explorer. The usual. – Gras Double Jun 22 '17 at 6:29
  • @GrasDouble so can you suggest a better way to include compress/encrypt/archive/index flag on a single window? – phuclv Jun 22 '17 at 15:27
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    @LưuVĩnhPhúc Aways show the Advanced button, then grey out the options that aren't available. The hover text could include a brief explanation as to why the options are unavailable. – Steven M. Vascellaro Jun 22 '17 at 15:29
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The Advanced dialog is shown only if the file is stored on a drive which supports compression or encryption.

Advanced options dialog

If the volume doesn't support either compression or encryption, the Archive checkbox will be shown instead.

FAT filesystems do not support compression or encryption, meaning files display an Archive checkbox.

NTFS filesystems do support both compression and encryption, meaning files display the Advanced button.

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