Arrange icons by modified in a music folder

Windows XP often does some really annoying things, such as automatically customising a folder, changing it’s kind into “music”, when it detects that the folder contains music files.

Although for some people this might be useful, for me it’s not. Often I’ll want to sort the files in a folder by different fields, NOT the ones that music folders have.

Easy, I thought, it’s just a case of changing the folder customisation kind back to “Document”. Wrong.

Here you can see the default “Arrange Icons By” menu, that comes with a “music” folder…

But we don’t want this, we want our standard fields back!

In Explorer, go to View -> “Choose Details”.

A dialogue will appear…

From here we can choose date modified, and various other “details” or “fields” that we’d like to “arrange icons by”.


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  1. Al. H. said,

    May 31, 2008 @ 2:28 pm

    Thanks, that actually helped me.
    I used to always arrange my icons by date and recently I wasn’t able to.

  2. Kardos said,

    June 8, 2008 @ 3:13 am

    Sure, but is there a way to make windows stop “classifying” my folders as “music” ? Manually changing the sort-by fields back every time is tedious. Cheers

  3. john said,

    June 25, 2008 @ 5:57 pm

    thanks man my girlfriend realy had trouble finding her songs this helped me alot tally ho my friend!!

  4. Andy said,

    June 27, 2008 @ 1:43 am

    That’s just the tip of the iceberg of the worst thing that plagued all versions of Windows since 98 (including Vista): it just guesses how I would like to view at a folder (thumbs, list, detail…) instead of just listening to my choices and stick to them.

  5. Kirsty said,

    July 23, 2008 @ 4:48 pm

    thanks! really helped

  6. mert said,

    July 27, 2008 @ 5:50 pm

    thanks man.. Ive been meaning to solve this issue for years!

  7. D said,

    September 24, 2008 @ 11:57 am

    thanks alot man .. great help.

  8. shahzad said,

    September 30, 2008 @ 11:52 pm

    awesome, thanks…

  9. Nitya said,

    October 25, 2008 @ 1:18 am

    Thank you so much. I got so annoyed when my C drive automatically changed itself to a music folder, everything I saved would stay where it was, it would go to alphabetical order. Really helped, thanks very much.

  10. Saintsfan said,

    November 17, 2008 @ 2:28 pm

    thanks 100 times…..i could never figure this out. Great Help!!!

  11. Dung Tran said,

    December 12, 2008 @ 3:38 pm

    Thanks guy, it’s a great help!
    Windows explorer made me crazy enough with it up 2 now!

  12. thijs said,

    January 10, 2009 @ 2:09 pm

    This also helps if a music folder is not set as a music folder… tnx!

  13. dischord33 said,

    January 15, 2009 @ 8:57 pm

    Thanks alot, I was so annoyed that my files wouldn’t stay in the order I’d placed them in.

  14. ash said,

    August 28, 2009 @ 9:24 am

    thanks. M soft can b a mf’in bitch. really thoughtful of u.

  15. Hui-Yun said,

    October 29, 2009 @ 12:33 pm

    Thanks man!!!!
    I just formatted my pc and this option did not appear
    i was totally freak out until i saw this

  16. Andrew said,

    February 26, 2010 @ 3:57 pm

    THIS WAS FKING ANNOYING!!!! i would change that since 5years!!!

  17. T said,

    June 25, 2010 @ 3:29 am


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