Under Windows 7 sorting by thumbnail icon files takes longer, or a different path of clicks.

I have to switch viewing files in details mode (select from the sorting bar) and then sort by date modified, then get back to the icons view mode.

I don't even bother right-clicking because sort by DATE MODIFIED doesn't exist by default so I have to add it from the menu and then make the sorting. So tiring! Can't believe they took this bar off. It was priceless!

Is there a shortcut or way to make this sorting (by date modified) quicker?


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Why can't you add it (the Date modified column) in Details view? You only need to do this once, and then it will persist. Here's what I suggest:

  1. Right-click the folder / Properties / Customize tab and select the folder template (for example, General Items):


    You can also select the Also apply this template to all subfolders checkbox (purpose should be obvious).

  2. Now switch to the Details view and add the columns you'd like to sort by (for example, Date modified)

  3. Then switch to the view you prefer (for example, Small icons), right-click in the folder / Sort by / Date modified, right-click / Group by (if required) etc.

  4. Once you have the folder view set up exactly how you like it, go to Organize / Folder and search options / View tab and click on the Apply to Folders button:


    Click Yes when prompted and this will make all folders that use the General Items template look exactly the same. So basically, all you need to do is spend some time to set up a single folder as you like it, and then you can easily replicate the view across all other folders.

  • Yeah, but like this I make this view sorting for all folders and I don't mean this.
    – Kuinesis
    Nov 4, 2012 at 12:08
  • So you want to do it only for a few folders and not all, but don't want to add the Date modified column in Details view either?
    – Karan
    Nov 4, 2012 at 16:05
  • No, I just want to do it for specific existing folders.
    – Kuinesis
    Nov 13, 2012 at 17:47

Go to organize > folder and search options > view tab > always show menus. Then under the view menu you can do the sort by and customize this to whatever you want to be able to sort by.

  • not what I meant, sorry. This is the long way I already do.
    – Kuinesis
    Nov 4, 2012 at 12:11

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