Here’s something about Vista that drives me absolutely nuts: Explorer seems to randomly select views for my folders that are not reflecting the right settings. This is horribly annoying. Instead of seeing a detail view of my Explorer folder I get this:
Real useful ain't it?
The view apparently is a Pictures and Videos view that instead of the usual dates and file type shows ratings and tags. It looks like if there are media files like images (the single waiting.gif image in this folder), video or music in the folder that the view is switched and it overrides whatever other settings I have made globally.
I can override these settings on an individual folder fairly easily by right clicking in the directory (on empty space in the actual content view) where you can set the template and select All Items:
It's hidden in this screen shot by the dropdown, but there's a checkbox that lets you assign this template for subfolders. Unfortunately you can’t do this on the root drive or inside the root directory, but you can do inside of top level directories like Program Files folder for example. I’ve applied this setting in just about all of my top level folders and it’s working properly now, but it sucks that this is necessary at all.
But WTF? Why YET ANOTHER DIALOG of views on how to display this data and another set of configuration settings. First there's the view drop down which is at least is easily accessible although I see all sorts of inconsistencies with these views (details, thumbnails, list etc.)...
Note that Explorer’s Tools | Folder Options dialog lets you configure all folder view settings for the whole system and there’s an optoin to apply the current settings to all folders. But that setting has no effect on this part of the view so it looks like this explicit step is necessary.
As it is Explorer jumps way to often to a view that I never set. Why for example, do I often see a thumbnails view on an Explorer folder when I have set (or have tried to set) Details view for everything? I know you can screw up your folder settings by navigating to local folders with Internet Explorer which will always use some sort of thumbnail view, but I'm pretty sure that I've never done this (<s> - sure, sure)... The last thing I need is *another way* that Windows screws with the view settings 'automagically'.
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