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”.



  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…

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