Turn off or turn on backup setting options

Norton provides various options to manage your backup settings. The Backup Settings window lets you access the backup details of a particular file by status icon overlays without opening the product. You can use the icon overlays to view the backup status of a file or folder. You can also use the Properties page of a file to know the backup status of your backup sets.

When the Backup Status Overlays option is turned on, Norton adds a backup status icon to the files, based on the following conditions:

  • The files belong to a backup file category that you included in any of the backup sets.

  • The files are located at a source that you included in any of the backup sets.

The following table lists the backup status overlay icons for the files on your computer:

Green icon with a check mark

Indicates that the file has been backed up

This icon changes to blue icon with arrows if you modify the file.

Blue icon with arrows

Indicates that the file has not been backed up

This icon changes to green when your Norton product automatically backs up the file during idle time.

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.

If you have upgraded from Norton 360 to Norton Security, the files you have backed up using Norton 360 are indicated as not backed up. However, your backup sets are migrated to Norton Security. When a backup is performed, Norton Security syncs your backup set with the files that are already backed up. For the files that are already backed up, the status overlays icon changes to green.

Your Norton product provides the Norton Backup Drive in your Windows Explorer after you configure your backup. Norton Backup Drive contains a list of backup destinations where your files are backed up.

You can use the Context Menu option to add or exclude a file or a folder to your backup sets when you right-click it. You can use this option after you configure Backup in the Manage Backup Sets window.

You can use the Property Page option to view more details about the backup status icons. When you right-click a file that you backed up and view the File Properties, you can see its backup details on the Backup tab. The Backup tab lists the state of the file for each backup set and the last backup time.

You can turn off these options if you do not want to see the icons and backup statuses.

Turn off backup setting options

  1. In the Norton main window, click Settings.

  2. In the Settings window, under Detailed Settings, click Backup Settings.

  3. In the Backup Settings window, do one of the following:

    • To turn off icon overlays, in the Backup Status Overlays row, move the On/Off switch to Off.

    • To turn off Norton Backup Drive, in the Norton Backup Drive row, move the On/Off switch to Off.

    • To turn off right-click backup menu, in the Context Menu row, move the On/Off switch to Off.

    • To turn off Backup tab in the Properties page, in the Property Page row, move the On/Off switch to Off.

  4. In the Settings window, click Apply.

Turn on backup setting options

  1. In the Norton main window, click Settings.

  2. In the Settings window, under Detailed Settings, click Backup Settings.

  3. In the Backup Settings window, do one of the following:

    • To turn on icon overlays, in the Backup Status Overlays row, move the On/Off switch to On.

    • To turn on Norton Backup Drive, in the Norton Backup Drive row, move the On/Off switch to On.

    • To turn on right-click backup menu, in the Context Menu row, move the On/Off switch to On.

    • To turn on Backup tab in the Properties page, in the Property Page row, move the On/Off switch to On.

  4. In the Settings window, click Apply.

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DOCID: v19829044_ns_backup_en_us
Operating System: Windows
Last modified: 03/20/2017