Vista was the first version of Windows to introduce the concept of folder templates. The noble notion involved was that an Explorer folder could automatically change itself to the most logical presentation for the type of files in the folder. For example, if the folder contained music files, the view should include items like Name, Artist, Album, Genre, and Rating. A folder for videos or photos should include Name, Date Taken, Tags, Size, and Rating.
Five folder templates are in Vista: All Folders, Documents, Contacts, Pictures and Video, and Music.
There are also many problems with folder templates in Vista. One is that the wrong template is often selected, for no apparent reason, and attempts to correct it don’t “stick." Other than incorrectly guessing which folder template to use, Vista can change the template from one folder opening to the next. Even worse, the settings provided in “Customize this folder" and “Also apply this template to all subfolders" often don’t have an effect at all on newly created down-stream folders.
I found this very annoying and tried several different techniques being discussed online. What I settled on was a two pronged approach.
1. Set all folder settings back to the first run condition by editing the Windows Registry and optionally turning off automatic folder content detection completely.
2. Set initial folder settings in the Control Panel applet and then check and or set the top-level views for each type of folder manually.
Does this sound like something that interests you? If so, are you ready to dive in? Let’s go.